sometimes I hear Americans pronounce jury as ''/dʒɜːri/''. Is that right? Is it regional or generally they say this way?
CURE represents /ʊə/ and NURSE represents /ɜː/ in John Wells Standard Lexical Sets for English
sometimes I hear Americans pronounce jury as ''/dʒɜːri/''. Is that right?
Yes, most American and some British accents have reduced the CURE vowel to the NURSE vowel and it is what's called Nursing the cure.
For 'jury', Merriam-Webster gives /ˈjər-ē/ as an alternative pronunciation.
For 'cure', Merriam-Webster gives /ˈkyər/ as an alternative pronunciation.
Maybe no Australians say jury with the NORTH/FORCE vowel, but some Brits do. A 1998 poll of British speakers reported in Wells (2000) shows 77% prefer /dʒʊəri/, 13% prefer /dʒɜːri/ (surprisingly enough; I thought that was a uniquely North American pronunciation), and 10% prefer /dʒɔːri/. Among those born since 1973, the numbers are about 55%, 25%, 20% respectively. --Angr/tɔk tə mi 08:08, 25 Jun 2005 (UTC)
The common American way is [ˈdʒʊri] and the British is [ˈdʒʊəri]