since people commented on it…

Pronunciations of Paula I’ve heard (sorry, I don’t have an IPA font):

My mom (and other mid-Atlantic types): Pualuh or Pualeh. When you get into New York the oo sound can get even stronger, and the a weaker.

Mid_western US (what sounds like ‘no accent’ to most Americans: Pawluh

Texas and Southern: Pa-awluh

Speakers of Romance languages: Pow-lah or Pa-o-lah

Dutch speakers: Poe-luh

Mandarin speakers: Po-lah, with a less rounded o than the Dutch.

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