@Phil I believe English-speaking lawyers often use an anglicized “classical Latin”
That was obviously what I came across in the English court/tribunal full of English barristers and solicitors.
Maybe it is because being lawyers (who we most often refer to as solicitors In the UK) who are always on the defensive verbally in an adversarial legal system. Where they are constantly wishing to make distinctions on exactly what they are actually saying, and at the same time looking for a means to verbally adversary attack the defendants. Has somehow bought about this particular way of pronouncing the word.
Maybe some speakers and a few speech therapist I have known that worked with stutterers were over emphasising the frontal sound of the "k". But I have heard it in normal speakers speech.
Very interesting indeed.
I'm not aware of any difference between the /k/ in 'kitten' and the /k/ in 'cat', either.
Nor am I aware of any situation where the letter 'c' in 'precedent' is pronounced like the 'c' in 'cat'. Do you mean that you pronounce it as 'preckident', John? That strikes me as a rather, shall we say... unusual pronunciation.
As far as I know, 'precedent' is always pronounced with an /s/ sound, like in 'sun', and like the 's' in the related word 'precede'.
As Chris says, there is never any confusion between the words 'precedent' and 'president', because 'precedent' is pronounced with an /s/ while 'president' is pronounced with a /z/. Note that this has nothing to do with regional/national conventions or with accents - these are both the standard pronunciations wherever you are in the English-speaking world.
And, no, there is no such word as 'pronunciate'. It's a mistake, a non-standard back-formation from the noun 'pronunciation', or at best an invented word created by confusing or blending 'pronounce' and 'enunciate'. Please don't confuse learners with this non-word - they have enough to cope with already!
Very interesting. (Linguistics is a hobby of mine, so I find this topic very interesting.)
The Collins online dictionary gives the same general k-sound for cat [kt] and kitten [k t n].
Perhaps a specialist report on pronunciation differences by age and region would include some information about the differences that you have described.
As a tangential matter, here is a brief article about "hadn't" being replaced by "didn't have" in Britain in modern times.