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Cockney accent: "a" or "an" before words starting with h? How about "the"?

How do you say "a help" (or the indefinite article followed by another word that starts with a normally non-silent h) with a Cockney accent, which drops word-initial h's? So would you say a elp or an ...
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Grammatical/Semantic basis for the phrase "what with"

Example: We are changing all the vehicles in the fleet, what with the new regulations and all... How did that what sneak in there? What is it doing? (*) Edit: will award bounty to Talies after ...
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Are regional accents disappearing?

Maybe this fits better on Skeptics @ SE? There is an idea that is frequently seen that states that regional accents are disappearing: Regional accents are disappearing: which do you want to save? ...
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Final /s/ vs /z/ sound at the end of verbs/nouns issue [duplicate]

So, I've seen this rule at several English books about how if a word has a voiced final sound (e.g. r, voiced th, l, m, n..) then added 's' is pronounced more like /z/. If the final sound is voiceless ...
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how do you pronounce a rolling "o" as in "so" or "no"?

I noticed that in New Zealand most people pronounce "o" at the end of "no" or "so" in a rather rolled manner - something closer to [our] instead of simple [ou]. For example, lady in this video does ...
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How and why do accents change through the years?

Oh how I love the voices and accents of old-time radio or movies from Hollywood. The american accents seem to change quite a bit in merely 50 years or so. It's personal opinion for sure but I do ...
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Pronunciation of "inquiry" with first syllable stress?

I am an American and I always pronounce “inquiry” with second syllable stress. After hearing more and more Americans say it with first syllable stres, along with British people saying it the way I do,...
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nonclassical vs. non-classical

I've seen both spellings many times, i.e. on Wikipedia, Dictionary.com and dozens of papers. I was wondering if there is a difference between US, Canadian, Australian and British spelling or if you ...
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British South Asian accent

This is a two-part question. A lot of British South Asian that are born and bred in the UK have a peculiar accent. It's very different than the familiar Indian accent too. So my question is... Is ...
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How do you pronounce the word "array" in Australian English?

I am learning accents (differences in pronunciation), and I was wondering how to pronounce the word "array" in Australian English, and how it's pronounced in other variants of the language. Is it AH-...
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Looking for Samples of Canadian West Coast Accent [closed]

If this is not the right place to ask, then feel free to redirect me to a more appropriate site. A long time ago I learned English in British Columbia and adopted the local accent. Since I am ...
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Why do native English speakers tend to have an easier time replicating English accents not their own?

Native English speakers are often able to go back and forth between various English accents with relative ease. This is often done in comedy. Non-Native speakers usually can't do this. What's the ...
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Are there American English dialects which distinguish /ɑ/ and /ɒ/ but not /ɑ/ and /ɔ/?

I relied on the Logic of English (LoE) phonograms to give myself a better understanding of English pronunciation since the spelling gives me a hard time (even as native speaker), but I noticed that ...
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Accented syllable after a glottal stop in NA English

Does anyone know of any studies on the change in use of accenting after a glottal stop? I am in my late 40s, and first heard this maybe 10 years ago used by an adult. I have a nephew who is 11, and it ...
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What accent is this?

I came across a song performed by Daniel Kahn, and I really liked his pronunciation. They say he comes from Detroit. Is this a typical accent for that region? Or is he doing something else?
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What kind of British English accent is it?

I'd like to ask what kind of accent it is. Is it Geordie of British English? Please refer to this video hyperlink: a British English accent.
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Is there a name for this articulate, hyper-enunciated, "upper class" American English accent?

In the television show Frasier, the protagonist's brother, Niles Crane, is a haughty, snobby, obsessive-compulsive psychiatrist who frequently obsesses about knowing the right people and climbing the ...
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/z/ + /ð/ = /zdð/?

I was wondering what exactly happens when the common English speaker* pronounces /z/ and /ð/ right after, for example , the word - combo "is this ...". Honestly, for me it's almost impossible to ...
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Should "ate" and "eight" be pronounced exactly alike?

Is pronouncing "ate" and "eight" differently wrong? When I say "ate" it sounds like "ate" itself and when I say "eight" it sounds like "ey-ht" is that a wrong pronunciation? I understand ...
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Does "nonstandard English" come across as judgmental in the following context?

I am looking for an alternative to the word nonstandard (if necessary). I used the word in my answer to a question at Academia SE. Let me first lay out the context. The question I was offering an ...
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What type of English accent is this?

I came across these adverts: EPO 2013 EPO 2014 on TV a few years back and was curious as to what type of accent the speaker has. I've been told by a linguistic professor who is English that it is a '...
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American pronunciation of "with"

What is the most common American way of pronouncing "with"? I'm asking specifically about "th" combinations - dictionaries give both the unvoiced (wɪθ) and the voiced (wɪð) ones? Personally, I've ...
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Is there a name for the tone of voice that modern British newsreaders use when announcing serious subjects?

This question stems from pure idle curiosity. It seems to me that British newsreaders use a special accent, especially when reading out the headlines or introducing a particularly serious story. ...
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Does word pronunciation change when it's in a sentence?

I’m Chinese and am learning English. When I watch video materials from US and UK, I've noticed a phenomenon: in British, a word may sound much different when it's said in a sentence compared to when ...
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Why does the dictionary give the pronunciation of the word "of" as '\əv' with a 'v' sound when in some cases it's pronounced with 'f' sound?

"of" seems to be pronounced with the f sound asˈäf in phrases like "of course". But 'of' is pronounced as \əv in a lot of other cases. Yet, Merriam Websters gives the one with 'v' sound as the only ...
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Does this mixture between pronunciations have a name?

If a person pronounces a word with the sound /ɒ/, for example not, but says /kɑr/ instead of /kɑː/, does this mixture receive a name?
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Did the non-standard pronunciation of “gold” as "goold" come from an Old English sound change?

John Walker in his Critical Pronunciation Dictionary (1791) transcribes the pronunciation of the word “gold” as go¹ld, or go²o²ld which in modern transcription equates to /goʊld/ or /guːld/. He ...
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Are there different pronunciations of 'cucumber'?

I think the word cucumber is pronounced as if you would say 'car' without the 'r' and then 'cumber'. However, many people I know say it in a way that sounds like 'queue' and then 'cumber'. Are ...
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Which American accent is this?

(Originally posted to travel.stackexchange.com) A common theme I've noticed in many "big-beat" songs and the electronic genre, especially songs by British artists, is to use voice-samples of a ...
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pronouncing foreigner's names [duplicate]

I want to ask you if there's some special rule about pronouncing foreign names with or without accent. For example, can I say Fedor or Andrey in native russian manner and with russian accent or should ...
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What is the meaning and etymology of "cod-French" accent?

Here's a passage referring to re-enactments of the Battle of Hastings: As you might expect, the English king, Harold Godwinson, comes across as an essentially decent chap, albeit weary and ...
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Is there a way to phonetically write English so that when read it is with a "British accent"? [closed]

I am going to be performing a monologue which will mostly be in a southern accent, but there is one brief part, where I quote a British person, and would like to give it a general British accent. Is ...
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Accent mixing - English learner [closed]

I'm an English learner and my mother tongue is Portuguese. I've been studying English(American) for 5 years. I lived a year in Northern Virginia, United States, however, my Portuguese accent is still ...
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What is it that allows a person to determine that a black person is speaking? [closed]

What allows people to know if a black person is talking, even if they are speaking standard English? They aren't using a separate dialect, nor have an accent, yet it's easy to know if they are black. ...
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Is the pronunciation of 'th' as in think 'f' specific to a native speaker's variety of English?

I'm asking this because I heard two people say fink* instead of think & bof* instead of both: a non native university teacher of English and a native speaker of English. If it's not a speech ...
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When is it legit to reduce a vowel in speech?

I want to say peppermint ˈpɛpəmɪnt as pɛpəmənt What, if anything, determines whether I can do so, besides accent?
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What is this US accent found so often in instructional videos?

What is this accent or register? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0E4PX3e3RE It seems to me to include extensive creaky voice a broad range of pitch rising question intonation This question is not ...
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How do I know if I have the Northern Cities Vowel Shift?

I grew up in Kalamazoo, MI, where (according to Wikipedia and other sources), many speakers have something called the Northern Cities Vowel Shift (NCS). So I'm trying to figure out if I'm one of them. ...
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Are some accents/dialects incorrect [closed]

I may not be incorrect in my knowledge about speech, but Dialects or accents that drop sounds from words, syllables from words, or just completely change the sound from words are they correct? I see ...
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What accents pronounce "quarter" as "korter"? Which other words can drop /w/ before /ɔr/ like this?

Many people drop the "w" from words like "dwarf," changing the pronunciation from /dwɔrf/ to /dɔrf/. This has led to the re-spelling "dorf" being used in some informal contexts, e.g. "Dorf Fort." My ...
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Is lexical stress mostly consistent across accents of Standard English?

According to Wikipedia, lexical stress in Standard English* is "phonemic" (whatever they think they mean by that), using the minimal pair insight/incite as an example. My hypothesis is that, across ...
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What is Mother Gothel's Accent?

What is the accent of Mother Gothel in the movie Tangled? In an interview with the voice actor (see here), she has a pretty neutral American accent (GenAm + father-bother + caught/cot, from what I ...
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Stress placement in compounds such as "elsewhere" and "inland"

In watching nature documentaries narrated by David Attenborough, I've noticed that in various compounds where Americans use first-syllable stress (elsewhere, inland, life-forms), he uses second-...
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Is there a rule for the position of the accent (stressed sound) in words ending with -ative?

For example, can declarative be pronounced similar to declaration for the accent (stressed sound)? I thought before that sometimes the position of the "accent", or the stressed sound of a word, ...
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Does Bender from Futurama sound like a non-American? [closed]

Robot Bender is one of the main characters in the animated television series 'Futurama'. Bender — Best moments (5 minute video). Does Bender speak ‘proper’ American English? Does he have an ...
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Text for exhibiting different pronunciations

I'm looking for a text that can be used to showcase various differences in pronunciation across English accents. For example, it could include examples of the various splits/mergers (Mary/merry/mary, ...
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Do people really say "What is that mean" or it just sounds like that?

I often hear people saying something that sounds like "What is that mean" on TV and the Internet but I am wondering whether they really mean that or they actually say "What does it mean". If the ...
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"penny LANE" vs "PENNY street" [duplicate]

Why do English speakers say "penny LANE" (emphasis on LANE) but would say "PENNY street" (emphasis on PENNY)?
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Identify English accent

My English teacher speaks, as far as I can tell as a native speaker of the German language, some really weird English. However, I'm not entirely sure if this is just my twisted perception or really a ...
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Why does "Baby Daddy" TV series have a very difficult accent?

I can hardly understand Baby Daddy TV series season 2, so I downloaded the script. Now, I can recognize words and sentences because I read along as I listen. But I still find it a very fast accent. I ...
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