What do /a/ and /O/ merge to?
hstahlke at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Tue Mar 4 20:07:01 UTC 2003
When I talk about the /a/~/O/ merger in various of my classes I fairly
regularly find that among students who merge them, some merge to /a/ and
others to /O/. Based just on observing my students, it appears that
students from southern Indiana, south of Indianapolis, who merge are like to
merge to /O/. Students from north of Indy merge to /a/. But I haven't
collected specific data on this. I've looked through the discussion on the
Phonological Atlas of North America site, although I haven't read closely
the newly revised Chapter 11 that has to be the most extensive treatment of
the merger anywhere. However, I haven't come across the question of what
they merge to. Has anyone investigated this?
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