Why do some chazanim pronounce בתוכך during Hallel instead of בְּתוֹכֵכִי - the way it's written in the pasuk?

116:19 בְּחַצְרוֹת, בֵּית יְהוָה-- בְּתוֹכֵכִי יְרוּשָׁלִָם: הַלְלוּ-יָהּ. In the courts of the LORD'S house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Hallelujah.

Although I heard Rav Reisman mention that tehillim takes liberties with certain grammatical rules, I don't understand why that would give chazanim the liberty to say the words differently.

Note: I heard these different chazanim in an Ashkenaz shul in Lakewood (Rav of the shul is a renowned posek) and a nusach-sefard shul in NJ (Rav of the shul is also a respected posek)

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    Maybe they're reading it wrong? – robev Oct 8 '17 at 19:36
  • Have you asked those chazanim? – rosends Oct 8 '17 at 19:48
  • Which chazzanim are these? Are they of a particular background or affiliation? – Double AA Oct 8 '17 at 19:56
  • Good points - edited in the question. Still, these chazanim are themselves learned individuals. Although I first thought it was a mistake, hearing it done in more frum Jewish communities made me wonder... – NJM Oct 8 '17 at 20:10
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    Might they just be slurring 'tokhekhi' and 'yerushalayim'? – mevaqesh Oct 8 '17 at 20:22

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