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    /ˈpʊblɪk/
    study/ˈstʊdi/
    luxury /ˈlʊkʃəri/

    I would like to know in which dialects and parts of the UK these words are pronounced with the/ʊ/sound instead of the usual pronunciation with /ʌ/.
    Can we also pronounce hurry in this way - /ˈhʊri/?

    In addition, can we pronounce "my" in this way: /mi:/?

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    Re: public, study,...

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    I would like to know in which dialects and parts of the UK these words are pronounced with the/ʊ/sound instead of the usual pronunciation with /ʌ/.

    Can we also pronounce hurry in this way - /ˈhʊri/?
    Yes, you'll hear that in many of the northern/north-east England (e.g., Yorkshire, Lancashire, Geordie) and some of the Irish accents.

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    In addition, can we pronounce "my" in this way: /mi:/?
    That's probably not linked to a regional accent. It's just lazy/casual.

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    Re: public, study,...

    Thank you for the reply.

    Is the pronunciation with /ʊ/ considered less correct/undesirable since I haven't seen it in dictionaries although I have heard it a number of times and you say that it is common in different parts of the UK?

    I am not sure what you mean when you say "lazy/casual". Do you refer to situations when someone does not speak formal language? (I can hear that they pronounce it /mi:/ in the link you attached to my other post - Scouse accent.)
    Last edited by Meja; 19-Apr-2017 at 23:28. Reason: Adding information.

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    Re: public, study,...

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    Is the pronunciation with /ʊ/ considered less correct/undesirable
    Not to me! It's very much a natural part of the English language.

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    since I haven't seen it in dictionaries
    Dictionaries can't cover all regional varieties and/or sometimes they're unreasonably biased.

    Quote Originally Posted by Meja View Post
    I am not sure what you mean when you say "lazy/casual". Do you refer to situations when someone does not speak formal language?
    Basically, yes.

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