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> In my dictionnary (a French dictionnary), at the word "triphtong"
> (triphtongue) it says the normal stuff: a vowel that changes two times but
> they give as example the english word "fire"
>
> Does fire contain a triphong? probably something like /6i@/?
>
> Before reading this, I thought that fire were /f6j@`/ and that English
> didn't contain triphtongs
>
> But it is a French dictionnary from France so I can't be sure about their
> English knowledge
>
> Might someone tell me?

The pronunciation of such words differ from lect to lect - some even pronounce
"fire" with a monophthong as [fA:] - but it's probably most commonly
bisyllabic; RP [faj.@] (at least the kind of RP they teach furriners).


                                                               Andreas