cot-caught merger

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cot-caught merger (uncountable)

  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.

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