When we discussed this character, we may have been less specific about the Caribbean nation, but I found this Wiltshire police officer from Barbados who seems like a useful model. His name is Corie Mapp, and he’s got an interesting story.
The start of this diphthong is quite back and somewhat rounded. This could be perceived as a merger of MOUTH and GOAT vowels…but that would depend on your realization of GOAT ☺
In two thousand and nine… I found it very hard at first to figure out how to move forward stuff like my first shower, which I talk about in the book.
The centralized beginning of this diphthong distinguished Barbados accents from other Caribbean accents. It’s also quite close to the Swindon accent!
This vowel can realized as a (nearly) monophthongal /e/ but when stressed it tends to begin in a more close position – nearly /i/ and then relaxing open.
This vowel is realized as a (nearly) monophthongal /o/ with a very brief relaxation at the end.
Bajan English is, for the most part, rhotic. That is, with /r/ pronounced after vowels. This makes it similar to an older West Country accent.