I believe this is a regional thing in the U.S. In some parts of the U.S. the words are pronounced "Law -yur" and "Saw - yur". I'm not sure of the exact region, but, as one example, I believe people from Arkansas generally use this pronunciation. It might also be a Southern pronunciation. I honestly don't know. I have heard it, though, from various people over the years.I'd still pronounce it "soyer", even it is was referring to someone who fells trees, rhyming with "lawyer" which I pronounce "loyer".
sawyer, lawyer, employer all have the same ending.I would like to ask how other forum members pronounce the word "sawyer" when it is not a last name, but rather the profession of someone who fells (falls) trees. I'm especially interested in hearing from loggers.
No, I think it's a definite regional variation. I spoke with a friend tonight who was born and raised in Texas. I spelled the two words and asked him to pronounce them. They came out "saw-yer" and "law-yer", even though his daughter, who was raised in California, says "soy-er" and "loy-er".sawyer, lawyer, employer all have the same ending.
People I know who have the surname Sawyer pronounce it in the same way as sawyer.
If anyone pronounces it differently, I'd suspect "speak-as-you-spell", and not tradition.
Since any number of groups of words with similar spellings have very different prounciations in different places, I don't see that this is necessarily a very good solution.I took it to mean that he believed the pronunciation came from sounding out the word from its spelling, rather than learning the traditional pronunciation of the word.