wine-whine merger
Pronunciation
  • (Australia) IPA: /wɑenˈwɑen ˌmɜːdʒə(ɹ)/
  • (RP) IPA: /waɪnˈwaɪn ˌmɜːdʒə(ɹ)/
  • (New Zealand) IPA: /wɒenˈwɒen ˌmɵːdʒɘ(ɹ)/
  • (Scottish English) IPA: /wəinˈʍəin ˌmɛɾdʒəɾ/
  • (America, no wine-whine merger) IPA: /waɪnˈʍaɪn ˌmɝdʒɚ/
  • (America, wine-whine merger) IPA: /waɪnˈwaɪn ˌmɝdʒɚ/
Noun

wine-whine merger

  1. (phonology) A merger in which Voiceless labiovelar approximant (the sound heard at the beginning of the word whine in a Scottish accent or several accents in the United States) becomes Voiced labiovelar approximant (the sound heard at the beginning of the word wine); in accents where this merger occurs, whine and wine are homophones.



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