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From:James Campbell <james@...>
Date:Friday, March 3, 2000, 11:40
On the subject of are/our/hour:

The angle from Dorset almost-RP-speakers would be:
(/&/ = schwa)
                          are      our       hour

In careful speech/        /a:(r)/  /aU&(r)/  /aU&(r)/
word stressed

In normal conversation    /a:(r)/  /a:(r)/   /aU&(r)/

There is crossover, but maybe not in the same way as for American dialects?

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