Pronunciation Of The Name “Berkshire”
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Berkshire – For this name: the “e” disappears; and for the “-shire” suffix – the “sh” combination is un-voiced, the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue).
– /B’R-k-shigh-yr/ – /ˈbɚ.k.ʃʌɪ.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –