wine-whine merger

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  • (Australia) IPA(key): /wɑenˈwɑen ˌmɜːdʒə(ɹ)/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /waɪnˈwaɪn ˌmɜːdʒə(ɹ)/
  • (Scottish English) IPA(key): /wəinˈʍəin ˌmɛɾdʒəɾ/
  • (US, no wine-whine merger) IPA(key): /waɪnˈʍaɪn ˌmɝdʒɚ/
  • (US, wine-whine merger) IPA(key): /waɪnˈwaɪn ˌmɝdʒɚ/
  • Hyphenation: wine‧whine‧mer‧ger


wine-whine merger ‎(plural wine-whine mergers)

  1. (phonology) A merger in which ʍ (the sound heard at the beginning of the word whine in a Scottish accent or several accents in the United States) becomes w (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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