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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Variation of the əʊ sound (like in Show) in British English

SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
I read the əʊ sound changes a bit when an L follows, making it sound more like it was ɒʊ (ɒ is the sound in Hot), according to this site: https://notendur.hi.is/peturk/KENNSLA/02/TOP/Amvowels.html (scroll down to Diphthongs)
Is it true? in which dialects does it happen? And how do I make it? Thanks in advance.
Cold code
Old ode
Told toad
Sold sewed
Mold mode
Bold bode

Answers

  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,478 mod
    In BrE (RP) we tend to say "əʊld", but Americans tend to say "oʊld".

    Where I grew up (the Midlands) people do tend to say mold and bold that way.

  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2014
    So people in the midlands do. You grew in the midlands. So you might do as well. I'll listen more carefully to your recordings next time.
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