IPA phoneme /ɔː/

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In Received Pronunciation, the IPA phonetic symbol /ɔ:/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "four", "nor" and "small".

Common words

Some common words containing /ɔ:/ include the following:

  • with "o": or - born - door - floor - fork - horse - lord - more - nor - pork - short - store - storm;
  • with "ou": bought - court - fought - ought;
  • with "a": false - water;
  • with "al": ball - call - fall - hall - mall - small - talk - walk - wall;
  • with "ar": quarter - war - warm - warn;
  • with "aw": hawk - jaw - law - lawn - raw - saw - shawl;
  • with "au": August - author - autumn - daughter - taught - caught - clause;
  • homophones: bored/board - court/caught - stork/stalk.

Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1

Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following sections aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.

Spanish

Some Spanish speakers may, at first, have difficulty distinguishing between the vowel sound in "nor" and that of /ɒ/, as in "not".

See also