Port Talbot English

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Port Talbot English
Native to United Kingdom
Region Port Talbot
Latin (English alphabet)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None
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Port Talbot English (PTE) is a variety of Welsh English spoken in Port Talbot.[1]

Phonetics and phonology


  • /r/ is more often a tap [ɾ] than an approximant [ɹ].[1]
  • The sequences /tr, dr/ are realised as postalveolar affricates [t̠ɹ̠̊˔, d̠ɹ̠˔], as in RP.[1]
  • /l/ is always clear [l].[1]


Monophthongs of PTE[2]
Front Central Back
unrounded rounded
short long short long
Close ɪ ʊ
Close-mid øː ə
Open-mid ɛ ɛː
Open a ɒ ɒː
  • As in many other southern Welsh accents, the NURSE vowel is rounded and fronted to [øː]. A small minority of speakers realise it as [ɚ], as in American English.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Connolly (1990), p. 121.
  2. ^ Connolly (1990), pp. 122, 125.
  3. ^ Connolly (1990), pp. 121, 125.


  • Connolly, John H. (1990), "Port Talbot English", in Coupland, Nikolas; Thomas, Alan Richard, English in Wales: Diversity, Conflict, and Change, Multilingual Matters Ltd., pp. 121–129, ISBN 1-85359-032-0 
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