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    Default Pronunciation of "saw and bought"

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    I have a question about the Pronunciation of some English word.


    I want to ask about the Pronunciation of
    Usually it use for sounds like "O" for example born, sort. but in some word like "saw and bought" pronunce /ʌ/ .
    In oxford A D the Phonetic of "saw" is writen /sɔ:/ but read /sʌ/.
    Are there an exception?
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    I asked about "saw" and "bought" together and why their Pronunciation is different with other English words like "sort" ,"thought" and "walk"
    I know their Pronunciation is the same but why their phonetic different with their Pronunciation : bought /bɔ:t/ and saw /sɔ:/
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    pro.mp3 is a recording a speaker of American English; I think thaw.mp3 is a recording of a speaker of British English - although it's hard to tell, as there's so little data in the second file.

    (Incidentally, for future visitors: these mp3 files are safe; I scanned them before opening).

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "saw and bought"

    The grey phonetic symbol you have cited is pronounced as the main vowel in "course," but without /k/ in the beginning or the /rs/ at the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    pro.mp3 is a recording a speaker of American English; I think thaw.mp3 is a recording of a speaker of British English - although it's hard to tell, as there's so little data in the second file.

    (Incidentally, for future visitors: these mp3 files are safe; I scanned them before opening).

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    thanks but In oxford A D the Phonetic of "saw" is writen /sɔ:/ but read /sʌ/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayad00 View Post
    Hi


    I have a question about the Pronunciation of some English word.



    I want to ask about the Pronunciation of
    Usually it use for sounds like "O" for example born, sort. but in some word like "saw and bought" pronunce /ʌ/ .
    In oxford A D the Phonetic of "saw" is writen /sɔ:/ but read /sʌ/.

    Are there an exception?

    pro.mp3

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    thaw.mp3

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ID:	719

    Regardless of what any references indicate, USA English speakers would perceive that the vowel sounds in "bought" and "saw" are the same.

    Anyway, the same symbol is used to represent the vowel sound in both words in the AHD.

    bought: Definition from Answers.com

    saw: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

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    Saw can't be read /sʌ/ in any standard or widespread dialect of English, I think. In AmE it is usually pronounced /sa/.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Saw can't be read /sʌ/ in any standard or widespread dialect of English, I think. In AmE it is usually pronounced /sa/.
    The American Heritage Dictionary shows something different. It shows that bought and saw have the same vowel sound, which, as an American English speaker, I would have to agree with, as the vowel sound in these two words sounds the same to me. I take the sound to be a kind of short "o" sound. Anyway, in some cases, distinguishing in a more detail and finer way might not be practical in reality and for the purposes of learning the language.


    bought: Definition from Answers.com

    saw: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Saw can't be read /sʌ/ in any standard or widespread dialect of English, I think. In AmE it is usually pronounced /sa/.
    Does this mean that to you "saw" and "bought" have different vowel sounds?

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "saw and bought"

    No, I didn't assert that. Both are the same: /sa/, /bat/, as in father, in our American English. Where did you get the assumption I was saying bought had a different vowel? In my view, one should proceed with caution and care before making willy-nilly contradictions of other native speakers' contributions. This is the second time today you seem to be itching for a debate. Please take it easy.

    P.S. /sʌ/ is the first syllable of supper, and my talking about it in no way excluded bought having the same vowel sound as saw in AmE. Maybe you've been staring at your screen for too long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    No, I didn't assert that. Both are the same: /sa/, /bat/, as in father, in our American English. Where did you get the assumption I was saying bought had a different vowel? In my view, one should proceed with caution and care before making willy-nilly contradictions of other native speakers' contributions. This is the second time today you seem to be itching for a debate. Please take it easy.

    P.S. /sʌ/ is the first syllable of supper, and my talking about it in no way excluded bought having the same vowel sound as saw in AmE. Maybe you've been staring at your screen for too long?
    I didn't assume anything. I asked a question, which is far from an assmption.



    I'll come back to read the rest of the post later.

    I regret that my post - repy - may have led you to interpret my words in some sort of pragmatic way. I really was asking a question.

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