Like and light can be homophones. Affricatives may be encountered in initial, intervocalic, and final position. Sivertsen considers that [ h ] is to some extent a stylistic marker of emphasis in cockney. These variants are retained when the addition of a suffix turns the dark l clear.

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British accents: NRP and Estuary English

While traditional RP is associated with upper class or upper-middle-class, NRP is just like General American much more democratic and free from class divisions. Yet, this is still a standard, which excludes using other accents that are present all around the world, such as Australian English, Scottish English or Hiberno-English. That is why words like oar and ore are homophones. The latter mentioned sound is often used in words like: sure, poor and your.


Estuary English

Have you ever visited London? I guess you want British people to pronounce words very clearly, and preferably also slowly! Of course this does not happen in real life. The easiest accent for you to understand, and the accent that many English learners try to learn when speaking English, is actually not a local accent at all. It is the accent you will find if you look up the pronunciation of a word in a dictionary.

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