Is the word "вечер" pronounced like "ˈvʲet͡ɕɨr" or "ˈvʲet͡ɕər" even though the IPA for it is "ˈvʲet͡ɕɪr"?

  • "Pronounced like" and "IPA for it" are the same thing, by definition, there is no special Russian IPA. It might make sense to ask "is this IPA transcription right or wrong" (which apparently is what you're really asking), but the way your question is put now, it makes little sense.
    – Quassnoi
    Jul 19 '19 at 23:58

The combination чи is pronounced similar to the English chip. But here it's not a pure чи due to reduction of иэ. It's in between э and и.

  • Thanks for your answer. :) Are there any other combinations like this?
    – Edinburgh1
    Jul 20 '19 at 12:25
  • @Edinburgh1 many, there're a few principles of vowel reduction, explained here in particular, if you don't read Russian (yet), i'll translate for you the principle relating to the cases such as the one you asked about Jul 20 '19 at 18:14

No it's not.

[ɨ] only happens after non-palatalized consonants, and ч is always palatalized in Russian.


As a native speaker, I suppose that "ˈvʲet͡ɕɪr" is more correct pronunciation.

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