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    [ɔ] and [ʌ]

    Hi everyone!

    I have another question about pronunciation. Why do English people often pronounce 'love' as [lɔv]and not [lʌv]? Even Americans, whose [ɔ] almost always sounds as [ʌ] (not, cop, God etc).
    Я изучаю английский язык и поэтому делаю много ошибок. Но я не прошу Вас исправлять их, Вы можете просто ткнуть меня носом в них, или, точнее, пихнуть их мне в глаза. I'm studying English, and that's why I make a lot of mistakes. But I do not ask you to correct them, you may just stick my nose into them or more exactly stick them into my eyes.
    Всё, что не делается, не всегда делается к лучшему
    Но так же не всегда всё, что не делается, не делается не к худшему. : D

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    I don't think there's much point in asking why languages work the way they do. They just do.

    "Love" has been in the English language as long as there has been such a thing as an English language, so there are countless possible explanations for a divergence between pronunciation and spelling. Even just within the UK there's a huge range of (equally correct) pronunciations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedeeyen View Post
    I don't think there's much point in asking why languages work the way they do. They just do.

    "Love" has been in the English language as long as there has been such a thing as an English language, so there are countless possible explanations for a divergence between pronunciation and spelling. Even just within the UK there's a huge range of (equally correct) pronunciations.
    I just thought there could be a logic explanation, in what cases I should pronounce with[ ɔ] or with [ʌ].
    Anyway thank you for your answer.
    Я изучаю английский язык и поэтому делаю много ошибок. Но я не прошу Вас исправлять их, Вы можете просто ткнуть меня носом в них, или, точнее, пихнуть их мне в глаза. I'm studying English, and that's why I make a lot of mistakes. But I do not ask you to correct them, you may just stick my nose into them or more exactly stick them into my eyes.
    Всё, что не делается, не всегда делается к лучшему
    Но так же не всегда всё, что не делается, не делается не к худшему. : D

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    not, cop, God
    These are [nat, kap, gad]. No [ɔ] or [ʌ] in US English

    Just like rough, through, thorough, brought, no logical explanation any more if there ever was. Don't worry about language history.

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