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Pronouncing [i] like "eyi" has always been in my life, but I don't know who from I heard it so much. I finally found a person who actually speaks like this. It's Matthew Murphy, the vocalist of The Wombats. We can hear him saying "lyrically", "melancholy" and "musically" in 1:33 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN85VXvsn0Y

Actually, I think there are accents where it's even more emphasised. But I think it can be heard only at the ends of words, words like "really", "creepy", "we".

What is Murphy's accent and what other accents have got this feature?

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    Matthew Murphy has a Liverpool regional accent. In some dialects, creepy is pronounced more like creepay. – Weather Vane Jan 5 at 14:46
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    What do you mean by 'eyi'? Is it the vowel in mate, say, rate? – Void Jan 5 at 15:08
  • @Void I'm sorry, I'm not sure. I suppose it's not exactly the same as in these words, but it's very similar. – musialmi Jan 5 at 15:13
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Matthew pronounces it something closer to [iː] which is one of the main features of many northern accents such as Geordie, Scouse, Merseyside and Teesside.

Most of the northern accents have a tense vowel for the ending -y in words like happy, creepy, cheeky etc.

In SSBE, the vowel at the end of the word happy is /i/, but in those accents, it's tense and is closer to [iː] (or perhaps [ɪi]).

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