Form[edit | edit source]
This affects words which are conventionally pronounced with a h sound /h/. These are mainly spelt with h but may begin wh (e.g. who). It does not affect words with silent H which obviously don’t have /h/ anyway. This isn’t necessarily at the start of words, e.g. "Woodhouse".
Pronunciation[edit | edit source]
The h sound is dropped from the start of words that should begin with /h/ according to convention.
This may result the indefinite article a changing to an, so for example "a horse" sounds like "an 'orse".
Intrusive /r/ may also be used in non-rhotic accents, so that "Victoria Hospital" sounds like "Victoria Rospital".
Appropriacy[edit | edit source]
Learner English[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Sounds Familiar? British Library