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    Lightbulb Pronunciation of "GO"

    Hi,

    In American Accent what is the vowel sound in the word "GO"?

    In RP the letter "O" in "GO" corresponds to a diphthong, however it is not found in American Accent...

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    This one falls in between the cracks of the IPA letters. We do use almost the same diphthong, but only a subtler middle part of it. It sounds something like /ou/, because we have much less of the /e/ at the beginning, as compared with RP.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    This one falls in between the cracks of the IPA letters. We do use almost the same diphthong, but only a subtler middle part of it. It sounds something like /ou/, because we have much less of the /e/ at the beginning, as compared with RP.
    I have found that they very different, the RP "O" sound and the american "O" sound. In RP the sound is stretched and is a proper diphthong.
    In fact most people in India (for "O"; GO, Road) do not use the diphthong, it sounds more like the american "O" which sounds rather flat.
    Is there any IPA symbol to represent the american "O" sound?
    How is "O" pronounced in Canadian accent and in Australian Accent??

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    There are many 'O sounds.' RP is not very typical of British English in any case, where more dialects use a pure vowel, /o/.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    There are many 'O sounds.' RP is not very typical of British English in any case, where more dialects use a pure vowel, /o/.
    I think when you refer to Standard British English you refer to RP which is quite synonymous to Queens English as well...

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    Right. But though RP is on a pedestal, its characteristics are far from common around England.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Right. But though RP is on a pedestal, its characteristics are far from common around England.
    Do Posh speakers speak RP or its different??

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    My mother spoke RP when she arrived in Canada in 1968; she learnt it at the University of Birmingham, while under social pressure to speak like an educated person. She grew up with typical working-class Birmingham English.

    I don't know that posh speakers speak RP in general; I thnk the need to emulate it is dying.

    However, people from Oxford and the south-east, like Bhaisahab, do grow up speaking something nearly exactly like RP, regardless of class.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    The diphthongs are different. AmE: oʊ BrE:əʊ

    Since BrE diphthong starts with a centralized vowel, you hear it differently.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "GO"

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    I have found that they very different, the RP "O" sound and the american "O" sound. In RP the sound is stretched and is a proper diphthong.
    In fact most people in India (for "O"; GO, Road) do not use the diphthong, it sounds more like the american "O" which sounds rather flat.
    Is there any IPA symbol to represent the american "O" sound?
    How is "O" pronounced in Canadian accent and in Australian Accent??
    /əʊ/ in AusE. As in:
    No, so, slow, though, tow, toe, beau, plateau.

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