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    Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    Warmest greetings!

    Another lingustic oddity that has lately been of a particular interest to me, is the reason people sometimes pronounce the words such as 'gold', 'old', 'fall' as 'gowd', 'owd', 'fow'.

    What is the cause of such an interesting phenomenon?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    The sound I am driving at perchance is more accurately represented by the following transcription: [ɡoʊd] which is for 'gold'.

    Accordingly, [fɔːʊ] should stand for 'fall'.

    Finally, [oʊd] which is intended for :'old'.

    I hope this little explanatory note should be of any use to you.

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    I thought this transcription would better reflect what I mean.

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    Yes! Exactly!

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    Here is the link:

    https://youtu.be/yxLeYN-t9nw

    In fact, the whole video may serve as an example.

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    Quote Originally Posted by GrandLizard View Post
    Here is the link:

    https://youtu.be/yxLeYN-t9nw

    In fact, the whole video may serve as an example.
    The speaker has a speech impediment that affects his pronunciation of /r/ and /l/.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    I was not able to pick and pinpoint this precise word in the video. Yet, I was able to find another recording to corroborate my claim. The word under consideration is people. Again, one can hear that [oʊ] sound.

    Below is the link:

    https://youtu.be/8a8GlAf6Gv8

    One can find the word under consideration at about 0:26.

    I do value your time and I do I beg your pardon for any confusion and inconvenience caused. I am bound by obligations myself.

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The speaker has a speech impediment that affects his pronunciation of /r/ and /l/.
    Then I must have chosen an erroneous example.

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    Quote Originally Posted by GrandLizard View Post
    What is the cause of such an interesting phenomenon?
    Their accent. Different speakers have different accents.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 08-May-2020 at 00:52. Reason: sorted the quote

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    Re: Concerning pronunciation of the word: 'Gold'

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As I said before, I have never heard the /oʊd/ version, but it may exist in some dialects. Where did you hear it?
    I know exactly what GrandLizard means. It is extremely common in England. It's not dialectic, it's just part of a certain accent in southern England. I do it myself.

    The /l/ in gold is replaced by a /w/ sound.

    My friends sometimes mock me for pronouncing the supermarket Aldi and the car Audi in the same way. This is the same phenomenon.

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