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  • Perhaps one of our resident Australians could shed some light on the matter?

    June 25, 2010

  • Julia Gillard just became the first female Prime Minister of Australia, and in doing so, raised several important questions, such as "Why is her last name pronounced like that?".

    From the spelling, and allowing for the non-rhoticity of Australian English, I expected something like 'gɪləd. Turns out it's actually closer to gɪlaːd, with equal weight given to both syllables. Weren't expecting that, were you?

    Apparently, her family are Welsh immigrants, which might explain it. (Or maybe not. I don't actually know anything about Welsh accents.)

    June 25, 2010