I'd like to know whether vase can still be pronounced[va:z] and garage pronounced [ra:j] in England, America, Australia , NZ or in Canada.If it is the case, who use those forms? ( class, age..)
Last time I heard garage be pronounced like it was by Mr NEUTRON in an old Montypython's flying circus.
Thank you Anglika,
I was not thinking in terms of correctness. I know these two forms are received. However, many a time I overheard people saying [vi:z] and [garidj] which are correct forms as well. You mentioned social or regional backgrounds. I intuit they are paramount elements . I just need more details (e.g.; is [garidj] more Am English?....]
'I just need more details (e.g.; is [garidj] more Am English?....]': no; my father, for example used it (well-educated Northerner). Since the BBC started accepting non-RP speech in its announcers and presenters, it's become more widely accepted - to the extent that in some circles (in speakers up to the ages of 30 or 40) it's regarded as pretentious; that doesn't stop me though.