I wish to speak in support of new clause 7, so ably moved by my honourable (1) friend, the member for (2) Broxbourne, and to comment on the (3) related issues of the (4) numbeListen to samples (1), (2) and (3):
r͡ of MPs and the (5) number ͡ of Ministers with which it deals. (6) Paragraph 24 of the coalition (7) programme for government, the contents of which we are, in part, debating today, starts with the words:
"The Government believes that our political system is (8) broken. We urgently need fundamental political (9) reform".
Of the three samples "related" is the least conspicuous one.
Samples (4) and (5) are interesting to listen to because they illustrate if and how Sir Peter makes use of linking-r:
In (4) there's neither an r-sound nor a glottal stop; in (5) I hear a fairly regular, inconspicuous [ɹ ] which links "number" to "of Ministers".
Finally, samples (6) to (9):
All the r-sounds are replaced by [ʋ].
From time to time I have a student in my phonetics classes who shares this infelicitous speech behaviour with celebrities such as Roy Jenkins or Sir Peter Tapsell. Which hints can be given to these students? An attempt at an answer will be given in one of my future blog entries.