English accent you mean ;) There is no British accent.
Originally Posted by uselesskitty
Here, I've heard people use 'eev-lin', 'eveh-lin' and 'ev-lin' to say Evelyn. There doesn't seem to be a North/South divide to it either.
Anyway, since Forvo is rapidly becoming my favourite place, I thought I'd attach a few sound clips to further clear up the confusion North American's are having regarding the description of Evelyn as 'ever-lyn'. Unfortunately I could only find clips of British people using the 'eev-lin' pronunciation but I think it all still works. Here we go...
Generally, this is how an English person says 'forever' http://www.forvo.com/word/forever/#en ((Listen to Bananaman in particular)) See how it sounds like 'evah'? We don't tend to say the 'r' at the end of the word. It gets lost.*
Now if you listen to Sugardaddy (an American) pronounce 'Evelyn' http://www.forvo.com/word/evelyn/#en ...the beginning part sounds nearly exactly the same. Therefore, since we English also use that sound for our pronunciation of 'ever' it's fairly logical that we'd write it that way when attempting to spell the sound made in 'Evelyn' phonetically.
Hope this has helped!
*There are American voices on that list too for comparison. You can definitely here the final 'r' in the majority of theirs.
Originally Posted by renrose
Haha, there's no such thing as an English accent either! :D I think most Americans think of a 'British' accent as either the typical south/south eastern accent or the BBC-newsreader-old-Etonian-yes-I've-got-a-degree-in-Classics-from-Cambridge accent ;)
I agree with everything you've said though :) However, Forvo doesn't have Evelyn pronounced the way I say it!
This talk of accents just reminded me of one of my favourite Young Ones sketches- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxA0a5G6ccg :P
It's my grandmother's name and we pronounce it Ev-uh-lyn with the middle syllable said quite quickly.
I generally pronounce ever as ev-uh but with the emphasis on the second syllable so if I read "ever lyn" aloud it would sound quite different than Evelyn. I'm from the US.
Yeah, RP accent. This is the one I meant. ;)
Originally Posted by charlieandperry1
I'm from the UK and I pronounce it 'ev-uh-lin'. I voted for the fourth option though because when I said the word 'ever' I, and most people from the UK, don't stress the 'r' sound. So 'ever' sounds like 'ev-uh'. :)
However, it completely depends on which part of the UK you're from. I'm from a county called Somerset, in the South-West, and most people with a strong South-West accent would say 'ev-urr-lin'. I have a slight South-West accent with some words but not with Evelyn :)