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Chase
03-16-2015, 09:34 PM
A family of my characters from Australia call themselves Halliday. I've seen the name in closed captions/subtitles in an Aussie video but can't see how it's pronounced.

Would an Australian native be so kind as to break the three syllables into sounds as they might refer to themselves? :ty: in advance.

Rufus Coppertop
03-17-2015, 12:50 AM
hell-e-day

mccardey
03-17-2015, 12:59 AM
hell-e-day

We can be a bit regional, Chase. In NSW it would be Hall-i-day with a as in hat, i as in it and day as in well, day. Emphasis on the first syllable.

If I knew phonetics and American Sign, I'd have done a better job of this. But I hope this gives you a starting-place, anyway.

Chase
03-17-2015, 01:09 AM
:ty: Roof and Mac. Both explanations are quite :deaf: friendly.

:e2smack: I should've known such a big country would have dialects.

LA*78
03-17-2015, 01:20 AM
South East Queenslanders would likely pronounce it 'hella-day'.

King Neptune
03-17-2015, 02:32 AM
Many Australians use vowels sounds that are different from other varieties of the English language. It is rather complicated.

LA*78
03-17-2015, 02:39 AM
Many Australians use vowels sounds that are different from other varieties of the English language. It is rather complicated.

Many Australians can also be very lazy in our speech. In metropolitan areas this tends to result in pushing sounds together. In rural areas they tend to speak slower and extend words out into as many syllables as they can. Obviously this is a stereotype and not true for every individual.

Helix
03-17-2015, 02:51 AM
Many Australians use vowels sounds that are different from other varieties of the English language. It is rather complicated.

Thanks for the heads up. I had no idea. I assumed everyone everywhere spoke RP.

ETA: And to add something in useful, in Adelaide, they'd pronounce it the way mccardey's mentioned for NSW.

Chase
03-17-2015, 03:46 AM
Responses are helpful for my story beyond expectations. :ty:, and I've repped you lot (the last idiom from Jack Irish DVDs). :D

Helix
03-17-2015, 03:48 AM
Peter Temple (author of the Jack Irish stories and others) does wonderful dialogue.

ajaye
03-21-2015, 06:46 AM
I'd say it like mccardey and I'm from Melbourne. Just to confuse things :)

K.Stephens
03-21-2015, 09:01 AM
A family of my characters from Australia call themselves Halliday. I've seen the name in closed captions/subtitles in an Aussie video but can't see how it's pronounced.

Would an Australian native be so kind as to break the three syllables into sounds as they might refer to themselves? :ty: in advance.

I would pronounce it Hal-ee-day.

blacbird
03-21-2015, 11:28 AM
A famous (and likely future Hall of Fame) recently retired American baseball pitcher named Roy Halladay had his name pronounced exactly like it would seem to be pronounced, and I can't see any Ozzie pronouncing "Halliday" much different than in the way it looks. If you are producing written work, why do you worry about how anybody will pronounce this surname?

caw

Euphoric Mania
03-27-2015, 02:38 PM
If you want some interesting/funny Aussie dialogue, try watching the movies "Getting Square" and "Death in Brunswick". :)