|Shari Vahl (credit: RadioTimes)|
In 2015 the Care Act will merge health and social care in the biggest reform of its kind in sixty years.Paul Carley believes he can hear a difference between the two versions of the word care. He writes (on Facebook):
The first 'care' has the [ɛə] variant (though not by any means the most extensive off-glide), the second has the [ɛː] variant.I listend to the two words myself several times: I can convince myself to hear an offglide in the first version, but then after a while I am certain it's a monophthongal [ɛː] just like in the second version. This is not unusual if and when the differences (should they exist) are so minute and if it's a sound track most likely compressed in quality for the purposes of the internet.
Listen for yourselves (you're going to hear Care1 and care2 in a row, first at normal speed and then slowed down by 30 per cent):
Even slowing down the playback speed doesn't convince me thoroughly.
Next I looked at the spectrograms:
|care1 (= Care Act)|