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    Default Is there a difference between RP /ai/ and regional /ai/?

    Hi guys, ive been trying to neutralise my accent over the last year or so. I am almost there, but some vowel sounds are just not working for me.

    I am from Manchester in England, and as most of you will know, we speak flat vowels, and this is hindering me quite a bit.

    If I were to say the word Sky, it would sound like SkEYE. Very common. Flat sounding, no diphthong /ai/. If i were to use this diphthong, it would sound like skAHH-EYE, right?

    Ive watched old films, where RP was the norm, and the /ai/ vowel, was very crisp, and clear. Do you guys know what I mean lol?


    Basically I want to pronounce /ai/ the RP way, and I would like to know how I would articulate it. Mouth shape, tongue position etc...


    I am also struggling with tripthongs. I need some help on how to articulate words like Fire, hour etc...


    One last thing im struggling with, and thats /ae/. I want to pronounce it the correct RP way. As you can imagine, up North, we use /a/ not /ae/, so words like Cat, sound very common, Can you help me with articlating this vowel too?


    Thank you :)

    Jay
    Last edited by LordJenkins; 25-Jun-2011 at 21:00.

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    Default Re: Is there a difference between RP /ai/ and regional /ai/?

    RP has changed too- modern RP doesn't sound like old movies any more IMO. Cambridge gives the same sound for eye and sky, which is how I would pronounce them:

    sky
    noun /skaɪ/
    eye
    noun /aɪ/
    Definition of sky noun from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus

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    Default Re: Is there a difference between RP /ai/ and regional /ai/?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    RP has changed too- modern RP doesn't sound like old movies any more IMO. Cambridge gives the same sound for eye and sky, which is how I would pronounce them:


    Definition of sky noun from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus


    It isnt what I was looking for, but thanks for taking the time to reply. :)

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    Default Re: Is there a difference between RP /ai/ and regional /ai/?

    Quote Originally Posted by LordJenkins View Post
    Basically I want to pronounce /ai/ the RP way, and I would like to know how I would articulate it. Mouth shape, tongue position etc...
    I hope this comparative study of vowel systems will be useful.

    http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bi...hapter%202.pdf

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    Default Re: Is there a difference between RP /ai/ and regional /ai/?

    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    I hope this comparative study of vowel systems will be useful.

    http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bi...hapter%202.pdf

    Thank you very much! :) I shall have a good read of this. :)

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