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I have noticed some speakers diphthongising [ʌ] as [ʌɪ]. For example, in Bea Miller’s Young Blood, she pronounces “young blood” as [jʌɪŋ blʌɪd] and “us” as [ʌɪs]. Has this been documented elsewhere? Is it a feature of her accent or a new development?

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  • It's new to me. (Adding a glide is normal in words with -ang, like "bang" or "bank".)
    – Greg Lee
    May 9, 2015 at 16:54
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    I don't hear it on at least the first couple of youngs. I'd guess the glide on us and blood to be an artefact of her singing style, maintaining the vocalization while moving the tongue forward to the forward articulation point for the consonant. You hear this sometimes in my [Southern US] dialect, which is partial to diphthongs. May 9, 2015 at 19:12

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