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I have the feeling that the word one is not always pronounced in all accents (but I cannot say which exactly) with the same vowel that cup or love. I believe that with accents where we pronounce cup [kɐp], we pronounce one [wɐn], but with accents where we prounouce cup differently, we often pronounce one [wɐn] or even [wän]. Is that a right feeling ?

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In accents in the north of England, where there happens to be no foot-strut split, a majority of speakers use /ʊ/, realised as [ö], in words like love and cup. This is the same vowel that RP speakers use for the word soot.

I have no idea if this is related in any way, but in many accents in the north of England there is a preference for the vowel /ɒ/, realised as [ɒ], for the word one, giving us the pronunciation [wɒn]. This word then rhymes with words such as don or gone. In contrast for a majority of RP speakers, this word, as noted by the Original Poster, rhymes with sun and would be transcribed as /wʌn/, [wɐn],

Notice that I said for the "majority of RP speakers" in the paragraph above. The renowned Longman Pronunciation Dictionary gives /wɒn/ as a variant of one and a minority of RP speakers do also use it (including me).

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    Does the same variation apply to "once"? Also, did you mean to say "a variant of won" or did you mean "a variant of one"? – sumelic Jul 12 '15 at 3:52
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    @sumelic Yes, I believe so. (Definitely majority of RP speakers use strut there). Will have to double-check with some authentic northerners that they definitely use lot vowel there though, although I'm pretty sure they do. I'm an "RP" speaker, but still use lot vowel for "once". – Araucaria Jul 12 '15 at 3:58
  • But according to the California English vowel chart, this vowel is an open-mid central unrounded vowel, and in video from Californian, I have never heard one pronounced [w3n]. Excuse for IPA, but it is difficult on the iPhone – pretuiol Jul 12 '15 at 11:42
  • @pretuiol It is in SSBE (RP) English too! It's not that /ʌ / can be pronounced as [ɒ], it's that these varieties of British English can have /ɒ / instead of /ʌ / in the word one. In other words there is no /ʌ / vowel (usually pronounced [ɐ], an open-mid central unrounded vowel) at all in these versions of these words :) – Araucaria Jul 12 '15 at 12:02
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    Oh thanks ! That’s the answer that I expected. I just wanted to know if it was normal and that the vowels and particularly this one could variate, although I couldn’t find any article about this. Thank you. – pretuiol Jul 17 '15 at 0:03

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