How do you pronounce 'risotto'
In the standard Italian pronunciation of the word 'risotto':
1. Is the 's' voiced or unvoiced? (That is, like English 'z' or like English 's'?)
2. I assume that the second 'o' is 'closed'. That is, I assume it sounds like the 'o' in English 'note'.
3. But what about the first 'o'? Is it also closed, or is it 'open' -- that is, like the 'o' in English 'not'?
Never mind! Tano sent me a link to the RAI audio dictionary!
yes, the pronunciation according to the RAI dictionary is the standard one, with unvoiced s, but in neo-standard (modern) Italian the pronunciation of 's' between two vowels is almost always voiced. In fact, another important pronunciation dictionary (DiPI, http://www.dipionline.it/dizionario/ricerca?lemma=risotto#) recommends this pronunciation for risotto: riˈzɔtto, with voiced s.