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Andreas Johansson wrote:
>
> Robert Hailman wrote:
> >Nik Taylor wrote:
> > >
> > > Raymond Brown wrote:
> > > > I remember one old timer in the village Church choir pronounced that
> >last
> > > > word disyllabically thus: /'wVr@ldz/
> > >
> > > That's not normal?  I say it /worl=dz/ or /wor@ldz/ (not sure which is
> > > correct, but disyllabic at any rate), I never realized that that was not
> > > normal ...
> >
> >I remember years ago I heard that "world" only had one syllable, and I
> >remember that confused me, because as far as I could tell, it had 2.
> >
> >I don't know how I pronounced it at the time, though. Now it's
> >monosyllabic, for me. /wVrldz/ or some such.
>
> NO natives pronounce it [w@(r)ld] like I learnt in school?

That's close enough to how I pronounce it, there's the never ending fuss
about what's /@/ and what's /V/ - I have the same vowel for both of
them, and it seems closer to /V/. I'm sure there are enough people who
pronounce it /w@rld/, though.

--
Robert