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    Default Pronunciation of "Control" in British English?

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    I don't know how come she pronounced the "Control" as "Contra"? I've checked many dictionaries, they never tell me to pronounce "Contra", do you think she pronounced "Control" incorrect? Please advise. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "Control" in British English?

    I can only guess, but from that excerpt it sounds like the speaker has a cockney accent. Her pronunciation isn't standard, so you won't find it in any dictionaries, but it is perfectly intelligable; that is, she isn't saying any other word in her pronunciation.

    Perhaps it is just my ear fooling me, but there is a sound at the end, somewhat like the voiced labiodental approximant (can't find a way to put the IPA symbol here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    I can only guess, but from that excerpt it sounds like the speaker has a cockney accent. Her pronunciation isn't standard, so you won't find it in any dictionaries, but it is perfectly intelligable; that is, she isn't saying any other word in her pronunciation.

    Perhaps it is just my ear fooling me, but there is a sound at the end, somewhat like the voiced labiodental approximant (can't find a way to put the IPA symbol here).

    Let you know, that excerpt is recorded in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5 Edition, that means this famous dictionary sometimes is not using standard english to teach people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Let you know, that excerpt is recorded in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5 Edition, that means this famous dictionary sometimes is not using standard english to teach people.
    That dictionary uses examples from actual contemporary usage. Very few - if any - actual speakers conform to anything that might be defined as standard English in all circumstances, and an /l/ at the end of a word*, and at the end of an utterance, is unlikely to be pronounced with perfect clarity.

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    PS *This is a correction. I originally said it was an unstressed syllable - which it's not.
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    Cool Re: Pronunciation of "Control" in British English?

    Control is pronounced kənˈtrəʊl

    And -Contra is a prefix, it goes at the beginning of a word as I know, not at the end.
    In some dialects the final L is sometimes pronounced "ew". Perhaps this is the case.

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