Asked in Vowel Sounds
Is there a short a sound in the word what?
May 06, 2011 1:31AM
The answer is yes and no - this depends on the accent of the speaker.
In general, an English speaker would pronounce "what" as /wɒt/, hence without any "a" sound (ɒ is short "o" sound). An American speaker would pronounce it either as /wɑː t/ or /wʌt/, hence only the last variant has the short "a" sound (ʌ).
This is a dictionary pronunciation and may vary from speaker to speaker.