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Bahamian English is a group of varieties of English spoken in the Bahamas and by members of the Bahamian diaspora. The standard for official use and education is British-based with regard to spelling, vocabulary, and pronunciation; however, perceptions of the standard are more recently changing towards American norms. In particular, 21st-century news-industry and younger Bahamian speakers are often more influenced in their pronunciations by General American English, or sometimes even African-American Vernacular English.

Pronunciation

The Bahamian accent is traditionally non-rhotic, but often now rhotic among younger speakers. The realization of vowels in Bahamian English is as follows. The vowels below are named by the lexical set they belong to: *The Kit vowel: The same as in American English, the default . *The Dress vowel: The vowel is . *The Trap vowel: This vowel is mostly or . *The Lot vowel: As mostly of the US, this vowel is usually . *The Strut vowel: It is the same as in the US English, . *The Foot vowel: It is . *The Fleece vowel: It is or a diphthong . *The Face diphthong: It is generally or . *The Palm vowel: It is mostly . *The Thought vowel: The vowel is . *The Goat diphthong: It is generally or . *The Near diphthong: It is or . *The Square diphthong: It is . *The Start vowel: It is . *The North diphthong: usually . *The Force diphthong: usually . *The Cure diphthong: usually . *The Bath vowel: This vowel is mostly or . *The Cloth vowel: It is mostly . *The Nurse vowel: It varies among , and . *The Goose vowel: It is mostly . *The Price/Prize Dithphong: It's generally . *The Choice diphthong: It is or . *The Mouth diphthong: It varies among , and . *The happY vowel: It is pretty much the ''kit'' vowel: . *The lettEr-horsEs-commA vowel is (schwa). There is poor distinction between the and sounds in Bahamian English. The contrast is often neutralized or merged into , or , so ''village'' sounds like , or . This also happens in the Vincentian, Bermudian and other Caribbean Englishes. Dental fricatives are usually changed to alveolar plosives (''th''-stopping): * Voiced ''th'' becomes /d/, e.g. "That" turns into "dat"; "Those" > "Dose"; "There" > "Dere"; "They" > "Dey". * Unvoiced ''th'' becomes /t/, e.g. "Thanks" becomes "tanks"; "Throw" > "Trow"; "Three" > "Tree".

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*https://bahamasrealestateblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/how-to-talk-like-bahamian.html * Category:Dialects of English English {{Germanic-lang-stub