I was listening to Hikawa Kiyoshi's ソーラン節 and instead of 浴びる he said 浴びりゃ, is there a normal pattern for this kind of pronunciation? Is it regional?


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Song lyrics tend to take poetic license, but if not, this is a shortening of 「浴びれば」. As far as I'm aware, it's not regional, since I hear it in common speech in Tokyo and on television programs.

For more on 「りゃ」see: http://maggiesensei.com/2011/10/14/%E3%81%98%E3%82%83%E3%81%82%EF%BC%89%EF%BC%86%E3%80%80%E3%82%8A%E3%82%83%E3%81%82%EF%BC%89-jaa-ryaa-casual-contraction/

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    I don't think a contraction as common as れば -> りゃ falls under "poetic license".
    – Earthliŋ
    Apr 10, 2014 at 23:58