The Cardiff accent and dialect , also known as Cardiff English is the regional accent of English, and a variety of Welsh English, as spoken in and around the city of Cardiff, and is somewhat distinctive in Wales, compared to other Welsh accents. Its pitch is described as somewhat lower than that of received pronunciation, whereas its intonation is closer to dialects of England rather than Wales.
It is estimated that around 500,000 people speak Cardiff English.
The formation of the modern Cardiff accent has had an Irish influence, similar to the influence of the Liverpool accent.
According to a BBC study, the Cardiff accent, as well as Liverpool and East London accent, are in the process of changing due to the modern influence of immigration on youth, primarily of Arabic and Hindi influence.
Cardiff English shares many of the same phonetic traits as the English spoken in the northern areas of England, but differs in being non-rhotic.
Vowels Received Pronunciation Cardiff English Received Pronunciation Cardiff English ɑ: æ Cardiff ['kɑːdɪf] Kahdiff ['kæːdɪf] ɒ ɑ hot [hɒt] aht [ɑt] ɑː a(ː) bath [bɑː θ] baath [baː θ] ɪ iː happy ['hæpɪ] apee ['apiː] eə ɛː square ['skweə] squehh ['skwɛː] ɔː ʌː thought [ θ ɔːt] thuhht [ θ ʌːt] ɜː øː nurse [nɜːs] nuus [nøːs]
-ing [ɪŋ] realised as -in [ɪn] e.g:
singing ['sɪŋɪŋ] as singin ['sɪŋɪn]
<ð> is often omitted
that [ðat] as at [at]
The final <t> or <ts> cluster is sometimes realised as /s/