In American English there is a clear difference, but do the words 'lawyerly' and 'loyally' actually sound the same in British English?


It will depend which British accent. They are homophones in my own south-eastern, non-rhotic accent.

They are not in the rhotic accent where I live (south-west). Which, I assume, is the reason they are not homophones in the USA.

I can't speak for other accents but the vowels may differ in other parts of the country, even if the accent is non-rhotic.

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    +1. They’re not homophones in Scotland either. This answer could likely be evidenced by Youglish with a little time and patience if the OP is interested. – Pam Apr 26 '19 at 7:35
  • @Pam thank you for introducing me to Youglish. – user33313 Apr 26 '19 at 14:01

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