Datapoint Bahamian Creole/ɜ - lower mid central unrounded vowel

This vowel exists among more acrolectal speakers; more basilectal ones typically employ a diphthong (Bahamian Creole is non-rhotic) consisting of the schwa and the lowered high front unrounded vowel. A stereotype of Bahamian speech is the realization of earl as oil, for example.


Exists (as a major allophone)

Example 12-333:

nurse, bird, earl
nurse, bird, earl