Phoneme /ɑː/ in Received Pronunciation

From Teflpedia
< Phoneme
Revision as of 21:18, 28 October 2013 by Ghoti (talk | contribs) (ordering as a)


In Received Pronunciation, the IPA phonetic symbol /ɑ:/ corresponds to the vowel sound in words like "art" and "ask".

Common words

Some common words which practice the pronunciation of /ɑ:/ include the following:

  • with "a": after - ask - bath - half - staff - task;
  • with "ar": are - aren't - arm - art - bar - car - dark - farm - hard - harm - part - smart - star - start;
  • others: aunt; heart; laugh;
  • homophones: aren't/aunt

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.


Many Spanish speakers have difficulty remembering that /ɑ:/ is pronounced the same whether there is an "r" after the "a" or not.

See also

External links