American and British English pronunciation differences

American And British English Pronunciation Differences

American and British English pronunciation differences

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Differences in pronunciation between American English (AmE) and British English (BrE) can be divided into:

In the following discussion
  • superscript <sup>A2</sup> after a word indicates the BrE pronunciation of the word is a common variant in AmE
  • superscript <sup>B2</sup> after a word indicates the AmE pronunciation of the word is a common variant in BrE


Stress

French stress

For many loanwords from French where AmE has final-syllable stress, BrE stresses an earlier syllable. Such words include:
  • BrE first-syllable stress: adult<sup>A2,B2</sup>, ballet<sup>A2</sup>, baton, beret, bidet, blasé, brevet<sup>A2</sup>, brochure<sup>B2</sup>, buffet, café<sup>A2</sup>, canard<sup>B2</sup>, chagrin, chalet<sup>A2</sup>, chauffeur<sup>A2,B2</sup>, chiffon, cliché<sup>B2</sup>, coupé, croissant, debris<sup>B2</sup>, debut, décor,...... ...
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