Massachusetts Pronunciation Guide
From the Massachusetts Travel Survey, pulled out of the appendix and cleaned up.
The following list of Massachusetts cities and towns have somewhat unusual pronunciations. In addition to the text below, audio samples will be used to help interviewers to understand the local dialect. Please note that each interviewer will need to pass a pronunciation test demonstrating a general knowledge of the local dialect before being allowed to dial.
Note: Many, but not all, Massachusetts residents “drop their Rs” – meaning the vowel before the R is all that is heard. It often comes across as an “h” sound at the end of words. In most cases, it is not critical that you pronounce it this way, but the guide below is provided to help you understand the respondent. There are a few towns and cities to which you should pay particular attention, and they are marked with an asterisk (*):