I don't think they should be closed, but considering that it could be enough to look the pronunciation reported in a dictionary, should questions about pronunciation be closed using the "general reference" reason?

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If the question is "How do you pronounce this?", which is a Poll, then I think so.

But not if the questions are like:

  • What is the correct pronunciation of x?
  • I've heard two different pronunciations, x and y, what is the correct one?
  • What are the differences between the BrE pronunciation and the AmE one for x?
  • Are there differences in meaning if I use the alternative pronunciation for x?
  • What is the origin of the pronunciation of x?

Just the first ones that came to my mind, in the end, it's always a matter of "being specific".

I'm not sure about "What is the pronunciation for x?", because I've seen it left open before, if I'm not wrong.

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    The reason they have been left open before is that the closing reason "general reference" was not yet implemented. The description of that closing reason is: "This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information."
    – apaderno
    Apr 21, 2011 at 14:07
  • @Kiamlaluno: Ah ok, then I guess they should be closed as well.
    – Alenanno
    Apr 21, 2011 at 14:09

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