Where is this speaker from?

Kyle   Sat Sep 10, 2005 9:57 pm GMT
american nic   Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:42 pm GMT
Huh...to me that doesn't even sound close. For example, listen to his pronunciation of Bob...it's not even close to the other speakers.
Kyle   Sun Sep 11, 2005 3:47 am GMT
How exactly did he pronounce Bob? It sounded like /bO:b/ to me.
Kyle   Sun Sep 11, 2005 6:33 pm GMT
@american nic, How do you think he pronounced Bob?
Greg   Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:02 pm GMT
It's not one of those neutral, tolerable North American accents, but one where every R is pronounced as if it were three Rs and every vowel lasts for half an hour and comes with an extra R appended, just for good measure.
Lee   Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:18 pm GMT
I don't hear an accent at all....sounds just like how I talk. So, seeing as where I'm from, I'm gonna have to guess Alberta.
Rom   Sun Sep 11, 2005 7:22 pm GMT
Kyle   Sun Sep 11, 2005 11:52 pm GMT
I think I'd like to hear the word Bob isolated.
american nic   Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:17 am GMT
Hmm....I guess think is one of those situations where I'm viewing these different samples though glasses clouded by my accent...

For me, Bob is /ba:b/, so the pronunciation of /bO:b/ really sticks out to my ears. The first two samples each really have a strong /bO:b/, while the third one says /ba:b/. Maybe it means nothing, but along with a few smaller differences, that really distinguishes it from the other two.
Lee   Mon Sep 12, 2005 12:44 am GMT
Are you sure it's /bO:b/ ? It sounds to me like they all pronounced it /ba:b/
Aussie Fisher   Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:31 am GMT
I pronounce ''Bob'' as /bOb/.
Uriel   Mon Sep 12, 2005 1:41 am GMT
Well, I think we can rule out Australian, Fisher. :)

I didn't notice anything unusual about his R's, Greg.
american nic   Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:18 am GMT
The first two, Lee? Like I said, maybe it's an accent blinding thing, but I distinctly heard /bO:b/.
Rom   Mon Sep 12, 2005 2:53 am GMT
Here's a higher quality recording of that phrase:
Guest   Mon Sep 12, 2005 3:02 am GMT
Yeah, it's close enough to [O:] in Bob, maybe just a tad more open than [O].