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Subject: American East Coast Dialect...
Author: Siri   (guest, 71.221.28.167)
Date: March 3, 2008 at 3:42:56 AM
Reply to: Muriel / Mariel and English dialects by Lumia
And it depends on how they're said. mar-ee-el is how I would pronounce Mariel, however I've been influenced strongly by the Spanish language. Looking at it from a Midwest perspective (where I'm at now) I can somewhat understand why it would be considered a variant spelling - the sounds would slur more - mare-ee-el/meer-ee-el.

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