I have recently encountered a peculiar thing. While I was watching a Youtuber from England I heard him pronounce words like "everybody", "God" etc the American way with an /ɑ/ instead of an /ɒ/. This seems strange to me because in any other words which had the same sound he pronounced it the English way with an /ɒ/. I did some research about it and I found that there are other people who use the American phoneme only in certain words like those above and stick to /ɒ/ for the others. Is this a feature of modern speech in England? Is it considered odd to do this? Thank you in advance!

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    England, indeed Britain, has many different accents and dialects. Your question seems to assume there is only one. – Michael Harvey Jun 15 '18 at 17:40
  • I know there are a lot of accents and dialects in Britain, but I have never encountered one with this feature of inconsistently pronouncing /ɒ/.This is why I was wondering if it is just a different accent or an influence of American English. – user69503 Jun 15 '18 at 17:58
  • ɒ, the open back rounded vowel is the 'o' used in words like of, from, God, etc in Received Pronunciation and many English regional accents. The ɑ sound, the open back unrounded vowel, is usually the 'a' in after, past, ask. Some regional accents/dialects including very upper class 'cut glass' speech might use it in place of the rounded vowel. I would be able to identify which one if you gave a link to an example of the Youtuber's speech. Otherwise we're just guessing. Are you sure the person is British? – Michael Harvey Jun 15 '18 at 18:05
  • youtu.be/YBujvmcvpg0. At the beginning where he says "everybody". – user69503 Jun 15 '18 at 18:28
  • To me that sounds like "ev'rybudy". Later on he uses the Southern English/RP ɒ vowel in 'of', 'on', etc, so I would regard that 'everybody' as an aberration. I would also say that his chief claim to being a pronunciation 'expert' is that he thinks he is one. This is common on Youtube. His accent is fairly RP but with a noticeable dash of Estuary. – Michael Harvey Jun 15 '18 at 18:54

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