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Or more specifically, in the case of the small Austrian village "Obergnigl", is it pronounce: /obergnɪçl/ or /obergnɪgl/

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The latter. The 'i' remains long. Here, the consonant does not change the pronunciation of the syllables in front of it.

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/ obɐˈgniːgl / I think (just wanted to try out my new IPA tool) –  TehMacDawg Feb 6 '13 at 0:47

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