Are you suggesting that even kinda is pronounced as kind of when it is followed by a vowel?Compare where [v] dropping is so common that there are even alternative spellings to indicate it: kind of, sort of, and couple of. But with these before a vowel, I still have to say the [v]:
It's kind of obvious.
It's sort of awkward.
We had a couple of embarrassing moments.
The alternative, 'kinda' followed by a glottal stop, is more awkward to pronounce. I don't think I ever would. And 'kinda' is merely a spelling of 'kind of', not a new word: if it was actually a word, we would use an [r] between it and another vowel in BrE, and I don't think we ever do.
Ah yes, I agree. What I meant was that I wouldn't personally say "kinda obvious" unless I was reproducing the speech of someone who used this pronunciation.I wouldn't. When it's written as "kinda", it's wrong to add a 'v' sound that isn't in the script. The answer is not to write "kinda" in the first place!
Kinda is only used to transcribe the way someone elides the f/v in "kind of". It's not a "real" word/phrase.Are you suggesting that even kinda is pronounced as kind of when it is followed by a vowel?
E.g. you'd pronounce kinda obvious as kind of obvious.