Monday, 21 January 2013

PHONETICS: /ɒ/

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In British English, the phonetic symbol /ɒ/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "not", "hot" and "stop". It is called a short vowel. 




  • Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /ɒ/ include the following:
  • with "o": cough - gone - got - hot - long - lot - job - song - strong - wrong;
  • with "a": wad - wallet - wander - want - warrant - warranty - wasp - watch - what;
  • homophones: knot - not.
While /ɒ/ is very similar to the Spanish letter "o", it is actually slightly shorter, and most Spanish speakers pronounce it pretty well. However, it's useful to point out the difference between this short vowel sound and a sound which is particularly difficult for many Spanish speakers: /əʊ/, as in "slow". Practice may be needed to distinguish between words like "want" and "won't".

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