A brief remark is that I am a "Georgia speaker with northern Florida
A more explanatory remark is that I grew up in suburban Atlanta. I moved
to Gainesville, Florida, for my last three years of high school and four
years of undergraduate school. I then returned to Atlanta where I have
lived for the past sixteen years.
While living in Florida, I purposefully changed the way I pronounced the
long-u sound after the consonants d, n, and t. Originally, I pronounced
do, new, and tube as /du/, /nu/, and /tub/, but, I convinced myself that
/dju/, /nju/, and /tjub/ were better pronunciations, and I use those to
this day. This transition did not change the way I pronounced beauty
cue /kju/, chew /tSu/, few /fju/, hue /hju/, Jew /dZu/, Luke /luk/, mu
/mju/, pew /pju/, rude /rud/, Sue /su/ or Zulu /zulu/.
I have been in several church choirs where directors have had their
varying ideas about pronunciation. The "r" sound was always a subject of
major concern. As a result, in my day-to-day speech, I consciously try to
match the level of r-coloration of vowels used by the one to whom I am
speaking; among my family and co-workers, I generally use slight
r-coloration, but I will usually drop post-vocalic r completely when
making a formal presentation.
Comments about my speech:
Post-vocalic L usually results as not much L at all—it's more of a
modification of the previous vowel to have a /w/ after it. E.g., "Hal"
and "how" sound more or less the same /h&w/ [my knowledge of phonetic
alphabets /'[email protected]/ is not thorough enough to make any written
distinction]. My "I'll" /aw/ sounds like a Briton's "ow". Trying to
speak more distinctly, I sometimes might say "I'll" as /'aijl-/ (two
syllables: ai jl-), but my pronunciation is futile /'fju,taw/ or
/'fju,taijl-/ or /'fjutl-/, even though my mental target pronunciation is
In casual speech, "aw" in "lawyer" and "law" are two different sounds:
"law" sounds like "la" (the musical note), and is /A/. The "aw" in
"lawyer" (and "aw" in "law" when I'm especially trying to speak
distinctly) is /A./ (rounded version of A), and is distinct from "or"
which is /O/ [upside-down c in normal IPA]. Similarly, cot and caught are
usually both /kAt/, but, when I'm trying to make a distinction, I'll say
cot /kAt/ and caught /kA.t/. Court and Quart are both /kOt/ or /kOrt/ or
something like that (really want a puny superscript upside-down r after
the upside-down c).