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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTa0ENwF2bo&feature=youtu.be&t=48s

It seems that the singer is singing 「セイン星矢」 despite the fact that the subtitle says 「セイント星矢」.

Questions:

  1. Is it a phenomenon similar to glottalization in some dialects of English?

  2. Is it productive or just a stand-alone case?

  • センシーヤッ! dic.nicovideo.jp/a/… – broccoli forest Jul 23 '15 at 6:19
  • @broccoliforest 星矢呀!youtube.com/watch?v=XAHWHEsXh5Y – null Jul 23 '15 at 9:17
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    I just think they're just using a more English pronunciation of Saint. It would kinda be weird for it to be Sainto Seiya :P – Doge Jul 24 '15 at 20:25
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    It's probably as Doge says. セイント would be the "Japanese" pronounciation, but the singer opts for the English pronounciation, and mutes the t at the end. – Chris Jul 24 '15 at 22:12
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It seems that the singer pronounces the english word "saint" instead of the katakana version 「セイント」. It makes sense, since 「セイント」 comes from "saint".

As for the questions:

  1. The pronunciation is more of a "style" choice rather than a linguistic issue.

  2. Wouldn't consider it either one, but like I said, just a stylistic phenomenon.

  • やれやれ、頭硬かった Orz .. – null Aug 1 '15 at 3:30

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