How do you pronounce BURY?
Garage = guh-rahzh
Aunt = ahnt (Note: most people in my area say "ant," but for some reason it
sounds weird to me)
Roof rhymes with poof (long 'u' sound)
Leisure = lee-zhur
Vase rhymes with face
I pronounce the 'l' in "calm" (but not in "walk"), and would be interested to see how many people leave it silent.
I don't pronounce the <l> in "calm", or in "alms", "balm", "palm", or "psalm".
No /l/ for me in any of those words.
Interesting. I say the 'l' in all of those words. Is it a Californian thing, I wonder?
Thank-you, Lazar, for your opinion on X-Sampa.
In Polish 'bury' means brownish gray and it's quite popular surname.
So if the name is of Slavic origin, 'u' should be pronounced as 'u' in 'put' (or slightly longer).
Actually I thought you ment a surname :>
Generally in English there is no such thing as correct pronunciation, variants are commonplace :P
I also used to pronounce the "l" in all those words, but ended up mostly dropping them due to the insistence of some teachers who insisted that they were "spelling pronunciations."
And for me bury = berry.
Some dictionaries give the "l" in "calm" and other words. The on-line Webster's Dictionary gives about four possible pronunciations for "calm"...
calm with the ''l'' pronounced would have L-colored [A] in my accent:
[kAlm] ----> [kQlm]
therefore, I prefer the L-less pronunciation which does not affect the vowel: [kAm]
I myself normally have such "-alm" words with /l/ (resulting in "calm" being pronounced like [k_hQ:U~m]). However, this is likely a spelling pronunciation, as the pronunciation used here seems to traditionally be /l/-less at least in the case of "calm" (resulting in [k_ha~:m], or in older speakers, [k_hA~:m]). Of course, like some other traditional features here, such is not necessarily consistently found amongst younger people these days (who may have /l/-ful pronunciations of words like "calm").
(One little note: when I say /l/-ful, I am strictly referring to the phonemic presence of historical /l/; due to /l/-vocalization, though, such will almost invariably become an offglide in coda positions except in very careful or emphatic speech, resulting in pronounciations like [QU] normally occurring.)