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Old 18th November 2006, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Darren D
How a bout ba-th and bar- th.....
Ah, that chestnut.

I find that Southerners tend to use all three 'A' sounds.
We use the 'round a' as in face and place.
We use the 'hard a' in words with hard vowels following the A, for example rat and pack.
But we also use the 'soft a' in words with soft vowels following the A, for example pass and bath.

So, Southerners have a greater variation of sounds and don't mind sounding soft.
Northerners have a simplified version of speech and like to sound hard whenever possible.

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