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Bahamian English is a variety of English spoken in the Bahamas and by Bahamian diasporas. The standard for official use and education is British-based.
The Bahamian accent is
The realization of vowels in the Bahamian English. The vowels below are named by the
lexical set they belong to:
Kit vowel: The same as in American English, the default [ɪ]. The
Dress vowel: The vowel is [ɛ]. The Trap vowel: This vowel is mostly
[a] or [æ]. The Lot vowel: As mostly of the US, this vowel is usually
[ɑ]. The Strut vowel: It is the same as in the US English,
[ʌ]. The Foot vowel: It is
[ʊ]. The Fleece vowel: It is
[i] or a diphthong [ɪi]. The Face
diphthong: It is generally [eɪ] or [ɛɪ]. The Palm vowel: It is mostly
[ɑ]. The Thought vowel: The vowel is
[ɔ]. The Goat diphthong: It is generally
[ɵʊ] or [oʊ]. The Near diphthong: It is
[eə] or [iə]. The Square diphthong: It is
[eə]. The Start vowel: It is
[ɑː]. The North diphthong: usually
[ɔə]. The Force diphthong: usually
[oə]. The Cure diphthong: usually
[uə]. The Bath vowel: This vowel is mostly
[a] or [æ]. The Cloth vowel: It is mostly
[ɔ]. The Nurse vowel: It varies among
[ə], [ɜ] and [ɜi]. The Goose vowel: It is mostly
[ʉː]. The Price/Prize Dithphong: It's generally
[ɑɪ]. The Choice diphthong: It is
[oɪ] or [ɑɪ]. The Mouth diphthong: It varies among
[ao], [aɵ] [aɛ] and [ɑə]. The happY vowel: It is pretty much the
kit vowel: [ɪ]. The lettEr-horsEs-commA vowel is [ə] ( schwa).
There is poor distinction between the
[v] and [w] sounds in Bahamian English.
The contrast is often  neutralized or merged into [v], [b] or [β], so village sounds like [wɪlɪdʒ], [vɪlɪdʒ] or [βɪlɪdʒ]. This also happens in the Vincentian, Bermudian and other Caribbean Englishes.
Dental fricatives are usually changed to alveolar plosives ( ):
th becomes /d/, e.g. "That" turns into "dat"; "Those" > "Dose"; "There" > "Dere"; "They" > "Dey". Unvoiced th becomes /t/, e.g. "Thanks" becomes "tanks"; "Throw" > "Trow"; "Three" > "Tree".
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Ammon, Ulrich; Dittmar, Norbert; Mattheier, Klaus J. (2006). . Walter de Gruyter. p. 2069. Sociolinguistics: An International Handbook of the Science of Language and Society ISBN . 978-3-11-018418-1 British-based standard Bahamian English is the official language [...] Although standard Bahamian is non-rhotic, many Bahamians view r-full American pronunciations as "correct" and try to imitate them, even to the extent of introducing a hypercorrect /r/ in [...] Baharmas.
Wells, J. C. (1982). . 3: Beyond the British Isles. Cambridge U. Press. p. 570. Accents of English ISBN . 978-0-521-28541-4 The accents of Trinidad and the other Windward and Leeward Islands, and of the Bahamas, are non-rhotic. Jamaica and Guyana occupy intermediate positions, with variable semi-rhoticity.
Childs, Becky; Wolfram, Walt (2008). "Bahamian English: phonology". In Schneider, Edgar W. (ed.). Varieties of English. 2: The Americas and the Caribbean. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 239–255.