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Re: English |a|

From:Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 18, 2005, 23:23
On 18 Jan 2005, at 3.27 am, Roger Mills wrote:

> I had the impression Tristan's comment referred to the difference > between > "pot" [p_hOt]? and whatever sound he has in "saw, law" etc. IIRC he (or > perhaps Adrian) claims that /O/ has very limited distribution in > Austr.Engl.
Not /O/, but /O:/. /O:/ occurs only in the word 'gone'. The length is an important and phonemic difference. (/O:/ is also the vowel typically used to imitate an American /O/ / AW.) /o:/ is the usual Australian transcription for the vowel in 'saw, law, born'. (Hence, what to the vowel spelt 'or' is still relevant to this.) There is no short */o/. -- Tristan.