The new series Vikings is actually very good for this. All the actors put on a Scandinavian accent, and even speak in Old Norse at some points where they are in England, to really show that the two races cannot understand each other.
Also, I've never actually seen it, but I've heard Colin Farrell has an Irish accent in Alexander? While Angelina Jolie has an Eastern Europeanish accent? What?
there is no /ɔː/ in ''caught'' in the USa vast majority of the US has the so-called ''cot-caught merger''I mean, unless "some areas" means "half the country"..... it's beyond weird that you would try to tell someone they're wrong about their own language... especially when that person has a certification to teach that language, and four years of experience teaching it. Meanwhile, you've learned it as a foreign language. Furthermore, you're arguing about where in my country people talk a certain way - a country I lived in for 22 years, and one I'm guessing you've never lived in.there is no /ɔː/ sound in ''caught'' except for some areas
You do realize these aren't opinions, right?..but your opinion is reasonable because you're both from northern/eastern states where the merger is not so frequent..
Last edited by Llamas; 05-24-2013 at 03:43 AM.
Err, because I wrote a post that was on-topic regarding the discussion here, and then was told that a difference in pronunciation between the two words is non-existent in the US. If Dexterone one day goes on to become an English teacher, it's important that he's aware that the merger doesn't exist in a very significant portion of the country.Also, this "caught" / "cot" debate is kind of asinine. Lots of people in the US pronounce those two words the same way. Lots. Why does how many need to be quantified here?
Eh, llamas, you may have lived in the US for 22 years, but most of that was spent in the midwest. My experience is mostly in the far east/southeast. Dexterone, your research seems very limited to either the west or the north east. I don't think anyone is in a position to speak definitively on this topic. Its one of those things thats definitely not arguing about.
Hey Bri, if it makes you feel any better, your literal expertise in this subject is not entirely unapparent to everyone reading this thread.
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