occasional observations on English pronunciation features, phonetics, teaching and learning
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
How does one pronounceabove in General British?
LPD3 offers /ə'bʌv/ and so do CEPD18 and ODP. The word is not labelled as an item belonging to the group of weakform words. But why should there be no weakform pronunciation? Try to say these sentences in a manner as relaxed as possible and not too slowly:
above all, keep in touch
above all, she was his floozie
and above all, aim for the best.
Depending how formal or relaxed one's speech is, above all can be pronounced as
[əbʌv, əbəv, bəv, bv̩] + [ɔːɫ].
So and above all, aim for the best may materialise as [ən əbəv ɔːɫ eɪm fə ðə best].