In "Accents of English" Wells mentions that these two words don't rhyme for him, with 'Curia' having the vowel of CURE in the first syllable, and 'courier' the vowel of FOOT (["kUrI.@] vs. ["kjU@.rI.@]). For me, they have the same vowel, and differ only in presence of [j] in the first syllable and of r-colouring in the last
How do these differ in your accents? Are there any accents in which they are homophones?
I myself have:
I would say that what i have is effectively the same as what you have except with a different underlying phonology being present.
Those words use the same vowel in my accent:
As far as RP goes, the Cambridge Online Dictionary gives the pronunciation as /"kUri@/, which I think would make it the only word in that dialect to use /Ur/.
<<which I think would make it the only word in that dialect to use /Ur/. >>
I've heard RP speakers use /Ur/ for the name of my native country as well: Uruguay (although, granted, there are other possibilities).
I'd be like Wells except for the fact that my CURE vowel seems to have disintergrated thus I have the FOOT vowel for "courier" and the GOOSE vowel for "Curia".