Saturday, 4 October 2014

sound sequences - 1

I'd like to come back to the 'Thought for the Day" broadcast of the 30th of October. The speaker was the Diocesan Canon Angela Tilby (see also here). At one point she said:
He’s not, of course, the only one who’s lived to regret a moment of wild indiscretion.
Listen to the sentence and concetrate on the consonants at the word boundary between "course" and "the".


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Does she say /kɔːs ði/ or is it /kɔːs si/?. I think it's the latter rather than the former.

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Canon Tilby used the word 'only' three times in her address. Here are the three instances:
1. He’s not, of course, the only one who’s lived to regret a moment of wild indiscretion.

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2. It is only when the opportunity appears to realise those unlived fantasies that we have to make a choice of whether to pursue them or resist.1

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3. Not only does your private world collapse in a highly embarrassing way but your outer world is ruined too.

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It's the weakform /əʊni/

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1 Thanks to Alex Rotatori for the hint to this.

2 comments:

  1. The pronunciation [əʊni] has often reported, it's nice to see the evidence documented in public.

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