has identified a number of ways we pronounce words which give us our accent and
dialect and we want to find examples... with your help.
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Do you pronounce your 'r's in the middle of your words?
Do you call your daily read a 'nooze-paper'?
Do you have a Labio-dental approximant?
and the lost 'r's
all pronounce the r in rose, but generally in the south east we don't say it in
tar, which most of us pronounce like ta. The r in car, corner, part etc. is, however,
there for a reason: once upon a time everyone used to pronounce it.
in these words is in fact a London affectation which became fashionable three
or four centuries ago, and has been spreading outwards ever since.
your 'r's after a vowel is called rhoticity, and the main regions within England
where it is found are the West Country and a small area around Blackburn, which
haven't adopted the change yet.
But we think there may still also be small
pockets of resistance in Kent and Sussex. So if you are, or you know someone,
who says 'carr', 'horrn' or 'corrnerr', we would love to hear from you.
Remember that this is the older pronunciation, so if you do use it, the
rest of the country is out of step with you, and not the other way around!
have you noticed how these silent 'r's miraculously reappear before a vowel, e.g.
in For -r- ever -r- and ever? Bizarrely, most of us insert r's even where
they don't belong, e.g. in A banana-r-and an orange, or in India-r-and Pakistan!
This phenomenon is called intrusive r.
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