cot-caught merger
  • (America, without the merger) IPA: /ˈkɑt kɔt ˌmɚd͡ʒɚ/
  • (America, cot-caught) IPA: /ˈkɑt kɑt ˌmɚd͡ʒɚ/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈkɒt kɔːt ˌmɜːd͡ʒə/
  • (Scotland) IPA: /ˈkɔt kɔt ˌmɛɾdʒəɾ/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /ˈkɔt koːt ˌmɵːd͡ʒɘ/

cot-caught merger

  1. (phonology) A phonemic merger in some varieties of English (especially American and Canadian English) in which the vowels in words such as "hot" and "doll" (/ɒ/) and in words such as "law" and "talk" (/ɔː/) are pronounced identically, making the words "cot" and "caught" homophones.
  • low back merger

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