Pronunciation. Integral

I’ve recently heard it pronounced:
Is this new? I grew up hearing:

But I know I’ve heard it the first way at least 3 times in the last month.

I’m more used to hearing it pronounced with the accent on the FIRST syllable:


Or Intǝgrǝl if you prefer phonics in IPA. gives two pronunciations for the word.

I’ve heard the accent on either the first or second syllables, but only when used as an adjective. The mathematical statement is always an INN-tuh-grull, but it can be inn-TEGG-grull to understanding calculus.

I think I’m actually dropping the “t” when speaking of the calculus term: “in-uh-grol” or something like that. I’m sure it’s not right.

It’s probably not right, but it’s how I pronounce it.

Inuhgrol for math. (although I might at times leave the t in, depending on how fast I’m talking, and as I think about it “innergrol” might be closest)
In-taegrol for non-math when I want to sound like I’m too smart to just say something is essential.

But then my undergrad was in Math, so not only am I biased. I don’t even no how to speak English properly.

There are different stressed syllables/pronunciations for the noun and the adjective forms. This is common in English when there’s an identically spelled word that has senses that are different parts of speech.

IN-tuh-grul (with or without a pronounced T) and in-TEG-rull for the adjective form.

I agree with this.

I accent it on the first syllable in all contexts. I don’t either drop the t nor give it full value. My tongue flicks up to and perhaps touches the roof of the mouth, similar to such words as ladder and latter (which differ only in the length of the preceding a).

However you pronounce it, that is probably correct in some dialect.

Yeah, I think that’s right. With the stress on the first syllable the T is barely there. With the stress on the second it’s a hard T.

Before this thread I figured it was like the Uranus thing.

I’ve only ever heard it with the accent on the first syllable, even when used as an adjective.

I think it’s a word most people don’t use very often. I wonder if the pronunciation with the accent on the second syllable arose because of the existence of the Acura Integra?

I agree. But …

I think the adjectival form being pronounced that way had/has almost faded from US usage. But has remained totally ordinary in UK usage, and especially learned / upper crust UK usage.

Between the influx of British TV & Brit-accented presenters, corporate invasion of South Asian IT folks speaking Commonwealth-accented English, and all the rest, lots of Americans are being exposed to “in-TEG-rull” as the normal pronunciation.

Which means that now in the US the “in-TEG-rull” pronunciation is seen as an indicator of high register, or techno-speak, not of the adjectiveness it signified 40 years ago. Hence it’s explosive growth now.

All IMO/IME; I claim no expertise here.

I’ve always pronounced it INtegral, but for some reason I’m hearing the word more in media and hearing it pronounced inTEGral, so I have been questioning myself. Maybe I’m hearing it more because what I’m hearing sounds wrong.

It’s a word that I don’t think I’ve ever used in speaking, but both pronunciations sound correct to me. I think if I saw the word in print, I’d read it as inn-TEGG-grull.

I hear very little stress on any syllable when I say it. If anything it’s the first syllable that is stressed (both the noun and the adjective). But I think I would say that no syllable has a significant stress.

In math class, we calculated IN-teg-rals.

In life, in-TEG-ri-ty is in-TEG-ral.

I woudl always say in-TEG-ral.

But then, I flunked calculus.

Maybe you took it from me. You didn’t happen to go McGill, did you?

I’m sure if you were teaching, I would have had a chance of understanding. :blush:

But no, not McGill. Laval.