Decoding exercises: "arr"

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starry /stɑːriː/


marry /mæriː/

The letter A in the sequence "arr" normally sounds /æ/ in Received Pronunciation (as in carry) or /ə/ when unstressed (as in arrange). In derived words it sounds /ɑː/ (as in starry).

In The United States /ær/BrE often sounds /eər/ or /er/. See Mary-marry-merry merger.

Common words[edit | edit source]

  • As /æ/: barrier - carry - embarrass - marriage - marry - narrative - narrow
  • As /ə/: arrange - arrangement - arrest - arrival - arrive - narrate - narrator

Less common words[edit | edit source]

  • As /æ/: arrogant - arrow - barricade - carrot - parrot - sparrow
  • As /ɑː/: barred - barring - catarrh - bizarre - scarred - scarring - starred - starring - starry
  • As /ɒ/BrE, /ɔː/AmE: quarrel - warrant - warrior
  • As /ə/: arrhythmia - diarrhea

Proper nouns[edit | edit source]

  • As /æ/: Harry, Larry
Games of Thrones

In Games of Thrones the sequence "arr" often sounds /eər/ (or at least that is shown in A Wiki of Ice and Fire).[1] This doesn't happen in normal English. We can speculate that since George R. R. Martin is American he has the Mary-marry merger. Another explanation would be that the writers of A Wiki of Ice and Fire have said merger. In any case this would mean that /eər/ is actually /ær/.

  • Arryn, Barristan, Harrenhal[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 A Wiki of Ice and Fire, Pronunciation guide.

See also[edit | edit source]