What is the difference between pronunciation and enunciation?

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  1. Vellur profile image88
    Vellurposted 4 years ago

    What is the difference between pronunciation and enunciation?

  2. Thief12 profile image91
    Thief12posted 4 years ago

    In a way, pronunciation is about speaking correctly and properly, whereas enunciation is about speaking clearly and intelligibly.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for answering.

  3. alancaster149 profile image84
    alancaster149posted 4 years ago

    I'd say pronunciation is using the quirks of a given language in a way that's understood by regular users of that language. People in different parts of the country speak differently to the standard - northern, southern, eastern and western all vary in English, for example.
    Enunciation is clear, understandable speech as opposed to slurring or swallowing whole parts of a name or word.
    With pronunciation for example in Norfolk (England) you have a Wymondham, a Hunstanton and a Happisburgh. Local pronunciation renders them to 'Windam', 'Hunston' and 'Haysbur'. In Cambridgeshire you have Wisbech, that comes out as 'Wisbeech'. In the Yorkshire Dales Appletreewick is 'Aptrick'. Even in a regional variation there is a sort of 'standard' form. In Suffolk there's a Mildenhall, and there's another in Wiltshire that comes out as 'Mynell'. It's basically down to the names being standardised in English but the people were different, East Angles, Northern Angles and West Saxons had their own ways of speech and that 'trickled' down to the modern day variations. Is that bad pronunciation or enunciation?
    If you wrote down what you heard in one part of the country you'd never be able to read it back in another, although watching TV programmes like Coronation Street and East Enders has helped southerners understand northerners and vice verse.

    1. Vellur profile image88
      Vellurposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting, thank you for the great explanation with examples.

  4. barbat79 profile image75
    barbat79posted 4 years ago

    Hi Vellur, Theif12 says it!
    to pronounce is to speak with proper diction and clearly highlight the correct way to enhance the proper vowels and edify the accent on the proper place in the word. The use of long a or short a is important.
    Enunciate is to speak with clarity with respect of all syllables and endings of all words.  So a "t" at the end of a word is not lost, for example.  It is noting all aspects of a word and not slurring or speaking too quickly so that some aspects of the words are not lost.  Common words ending with "d" are not always pronounced.


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