This page was first published on the 5th of May, 2017 and last updated on the 5th of May, 2017 by Patrick Carpen.
English language pronunciation differs slightly from one geographic region to the other. However, most words are pronounced the same across all English territories.
There are also different “accents” in different regions. For example, there is the “American Accent”, the “British Accent”, the “Canadian Accent” and the “Caribbean Accent”.
Even though the accent of various regions are different, the accentuation of English words are the same. Confusing? Not really.
In the Caribbean, for example, the word “character” is a good example of a “mis-accentuated” word.
In the Caribbean, the stress is often placed on the second syllable, like this:
cha RACT er.
However, in the United States, Canada and England, the stress is placed on the first syllable:
CHA rac ter.
This goes to show that a different accent does not give us the right to “misaccentuate”.
On the other hand, in some English territories, there are big disputes as to which is the correct pronunciation of a word. For example, in some parts of Britain, the “t” in “often” is silent. In other parts, it is pronounced. In this case, both pronunciations are acceptable, although some people would prefer one over the other.
Here I’ll be covering commonly misaccentuated Engish words in the Caribbean, as well as differences in pronunciation between English regions.