How do the British pronounce the 'a' between c and l? Is it like 'callous' or 'call'?

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For the name Calvin, it's like the a sound in 'callous'. I've never heard any British person pronounce it the other way.


I guess your options are

/a/ as in 'cat',

/ɑː/ as in 'car',

/ɔː/ as in 'call'.

I reckon most UK speakers would say the first. I'd expect the second could easily be found in some dialects (e.g. Northern Ireland ?). The third seems unlikely anywhere, but I don't know.

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