chapter  THREE
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The British Dialect

WithLewis Herman, Marguerite Shalett Herman

The British tonal pitch is much higher than the American. Naturally, not all British sentences turn upward at the end. There is, however, a definite rising and falling throughout their speech. In the British dialect, the pronunciation of "AH" is closer to the o in the American word "rod." This sound will be represented as "AH:" with the colon (:) indicating elongation. It is noticed that the greatest change in the following drill words is the deletion of the "r" sound. The British dialect is noted for elision of syllables which receive secondary stress, as in "lAHibr'i" (library), "bAH:ndr'i" (boundary), "sEHkruhtr'i" (secretary) and "fAHin'li" (finally). The British dialect student should remember that the use of "gotten" is very rare. American expressions have a peculiar way of falsifying and negating whatever other good qualities a British dialect may have. If the Britisher has been in America a considerable length of time, the British words will give way to their American counterparts.