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    Hello,

    I'm wondering how British and American speakers pronounce the comparative of 'poor', poorer. Do you pronounce it as
    [pʊə.ə] or
    [pʊərə]?
    I've always pronounced the 'r' sound in the comparative, is it incorrect?

    Thank you!

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    Non rhotic accents generally use a linking r between two consecutive vowels (sometimes even an intrusive r, i.e. when there's no r in the world but it is pronounced anyway), therefore the r of "poor" would usually be pronounced in both American and British English. A transcription that would fit both varieties would be /pʊ(ə)ɹə(ɹ), pɔ-/.
    Last edited by thatone; 22-Feb-2011 at 22:41.

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    JC Wells notes that in BrE some 74% of native speakers pronounce the first vowel/diphthong as /ɔ:/, 24% as /ʊə/

    Wells, JC (2008) Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd edn), Harlow: PearsonLongman

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    Thank you, but do the Britons pronounce the comparative also without the 'r' sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Thank you, but do the Britons pronounce the comparative also without the 'r' sound?
    No; see thatone's post #2.

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