What do /a/ and /O/ merge to?

Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Wed Mar 5 01:16:30 UTC 2003

I don't think we should expect this question to have a uniform answer.
The whole point of phonemic merger is loss of distinction. It seems
perfectly reasonable that different communities could realize a single
phoneme (in the same context) in different ways -- in fact, once you
abstract from the issue of merger, it's all over the place.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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