Release notes: Manx English pronunciation

Release notes: Manx English pronunciation

Two years ago, OED began to expand coverage of pronunciations to include more varieties of English used around the world. Entries labelled as Australian, Canadian, Caribbean, Hong Kong, Irish, New Zealand, Philippine, Scottish, Singapore and Malaysian, South African or Welsh English now each have a written and spoken pronunciation in the relevant variety, alongside the (standard southern) British and US pronunciations which we supply for all non-obsolete entries.

Since this month’s update includes several additions from Manx English, we have now added a pronunciation model to cover that variety too. This brings the total number of World Englishes for which the OED gives pronunciations to fourteen. As before, we consulted native speakers and reviewed current sociolinguistic research to create our model. Our key sources for Manx English were M.V. Barry and A. Hamer. Full references and discussion of the model can be found here. The audio was created with a Manx English speaker; to hear the pronunciations aloud, simply click the blue play icon next to the relevant transcription on any of the Manx English words.

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