Shawn   Fri Oct 20, 2006 10:40 pm GMT
In my speech, "bread" tends to sound like "braired" rather than rhyming with "head". It is not homophonous with "bred". Is this the same for all Australians? I'm mainly asking for responses from Australians as I believe this is an Australian only thing.
Jim   Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:09 am GMT
I don't think it's the same for all of us but that's the way I pronounce the word.

bred = [bred]
bread = [bre:d]
Guest   Tue Oct 24, 2006 2:33 am GMT
A lot of Queenslanders pronounce it that way. I simply pronounce them both with a short vowel.

Do you also have a long vowel in "mirror"? ie. not the long vowel in "knee" but to rhyme with "nearer". If you do, I figure you're a Queenslander.
Jim   Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:35 am GMT
My first vowel of "mirror" is nice & short unlike that of "nearer" but I'm from Sydney.

mirror = [mIr\@]
nearer = [nI:r\@]