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    Default pronunciation "doctor"/"actor" ?

    Should the last syllable of "doctor" and "actor" be pronounced as an "a" sound or should it be an "a" sound plus an "r" ? Or are both endings possible ?

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    Default Re: pronunciation "doctor"/"actor" ?

    They end with an "ur" sound. To drop the "r" would be typical of a Boston accent, I believe, but is not standard English.

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    Default Re: pronunciation "doctor"/"actor" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Should the last syllable of "doctor" and "actor" be pronounced as an "a" sound or should it be an "a" sound plus an "r" ? Or are both endings possible ?
    Itís /dɒktə/ or /dɒkta/ in AusE.

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    Default Re: pronunciation "doctor"/"actor" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Should the last syllable of "doctor" and "actor" be pronounced as an "a" sound or should it be an "a" sound plus an "r" ? Or are both endings possible ?
    The vowel is generally the neutral "schwa", as in Raymott's post.

    The "r" is dropped in some dialects (unless the next word begins with a vowel), retained in others. In the US retaining it is standard, though there are dialects that drop it (I believe Boston, New York, Charleston). In the UK it is the other way round; standard English drops it, though there are dialects that retain it (e.g. West Country, Scottish dialects). I don't know much about how it works out in other Englishes.
    Last edited by orangutan; 02-Oct-2009 at 10:28.

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    Default Re: pronunciation "doctor"/"actor" ?

    Thanks, all of you !

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