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Essentially, I'm referring to how some British English speakers pronounce words like "time", "right". That first vowel changes and ends up sounding like "toyme" or "royght". Americans seem to have picked up on it, often laughing at us pronouncing "license" as "loicense", so it's definitely a real phenomenon.

It's something I've noticed among a lot of people, but it seems to be found somewhat randomly geographically - everywhere from the Black Country to Essex, and also in people from parts of the North. Is it a feature of some regional accents, or is it a class/age thing?

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    The OED gives the same IPA representation in BrE and AmE for void (/vɔɪd/), but for lie they have BrE /lʌɪ/ and AmE /laɪ/ (the first vowel within the diphthong is more "open" in AmE). But although it's stereoptypically identified as "dialectal, uneducated, rustic", I think people who don't actually use the more "closed" initial vowel there (loy, toyme, royght) tend to massively exaggerate the difference when poking fun at people who don't speak exactly the way they do. Maybe it's a hangover from "The Great Vowel Shift", I dunno. – FumbleFingers Feb 9 at 15:44
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    (Actually, All royght is quintessentially a West Country form of All right. Northerners in the UK tend to veer more towards something like All rate - or All reet as you get up towards Scotland.) – FumbleFingers Feb 9 at 15:50
  • I'll note that this pronunciation is likely popular in TV shows and the like because it's easy for an actor to mimic, even if it's not their native accent. – Hot Licks Feb 9 at 17:40
  • I don’t about those two diphthongs in particular, but I know one of those diphthongs, /ɔɪ/, in (loin = lɔɪn) is pronounced as /oɪ/ in an Australian accent but as /ɔɪ/ in Br RP accent. – aesking Feb 9 at 17:47
  • In Derby I hear 'all raaaaht' – Michael Harvey Feb 9 at 18:41

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