Decoding exercises: "arr"
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).
- As /æ/: barrier - carry - embarrass - marriage - marry - narrative - narrow
- As /ə/: arrange - arrangement - arrest - arrival - arrive - narrate - narrator
Less common words
- 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
- 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). 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
- A Wiki of Ice and Fire, Pronunciation guide.