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    Question /^/ -London accent

    Hi! I pronounce 'u' in 'bus' as [b^S]. My pronunciation of [^] sounds like shorter and more powerful than [a:].

    A Londoner pronounces 'u' in 'bus' like 'ir' in 'bird', but 'ir' is shorter for 'bus'.

    Am I wrong if you can understand what I mean?

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    Default Re: /^/ -London accent

    /^/ can blend a bit with /ę/

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    Default Re: /^/ -London accent

    This is strange.
    Tdol, do you mean 'bus' like 'bass', the fish? I've never heard of a person taking a /bęs/ to work.
    daffodils, I've never head of this London bɜ:s either.
    I thought British people said /bʌs/ in the south or /bʊs/ in parts of the north, such as Liverpool.
    Of course, I could be completely wrong. Maybe I'm overdue for a trip to England?
    Last edited by Raymott; 30-Jun-2009 at 00:04.

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    Default Re: /^/ -London accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I thought British people said /bʌs/ in the south or /bʊs/ in parts of the north, such as Liverpool.
    I think this is generally right (though I can't see your phonetic symbols, so I am having to guess them ). But in London the pronunciation does veer very close to /ae/. Other English people sometimes call the place L/ae/ndan to make fun of this.

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    Default Re: /^/ -London accent

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    This is strange.
    Tdol, do you mean 'bus' like 'bass', the fish?
    If you do a search for 'landan' you'll see examples of words written with an a to imitate the London accent. It's not exactly like 'bass', but it can be pretty close.

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