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How is the ending -ig pronounced, and where?

My parents were from Vienna and for years I heard them pronounce words such as zwanzig, fertig, notwendig etc., by ending in "ich" rather than in "ick."

Most often nowadays, I hear "zwanzick", "fertick", "notwengick," rather than "zwanzich", "fertich" and "notwendich."

Can someone please explain the distinctions?

  • It's interesting that your parents spoke the "-ich" variant because most Austrians (I lived in Vienna a few years) pronounce it as "-ik". But there are some Viennese who speak are very "Hochdeutsch"-like German. – splattne Jun 4 '11 at 20:08

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