On this thread http://www.antimoon.com/forum/2004/5942.htm
Jim said that he pronounce the ''al'' in ''salt'', the ''ul'' in ''lightbulb'' and the ''ol'' in ''cold'' all as [Oul].
Here's my questions,
Do /o:l/, /Oul/ and /^l/ merge in Australia?
Do Australians pronounce ''hall'', ''hole'' and ''hull'' all the same way?
The vowels in SALT and CULT sound identical to me, that is I'm talking about the non-rhotic phonemes.
>>Do /o:l/, /Oul/ and /^l/ merge in Australia?
Do Australians pronounce ''hall'', ''hole'' and ''hull'' all the same way?<<
No, not at all:
hall ~ /ho:l/
hole ~ /hOul/
hull ~ /h^l/
salt ~ /so:lt/ or /sOult/
cult ~ /c^lt/ or /cOult/
Regular poster, Is your accent non-rhotic?
Let me quote myself from the thread Fred mentions. "... each of the words in Smith's long list except "dull" and "hull" (which I pronounce /d^l/ and /h^l/)." On the same thread I'd also written that I pronounce "salt" as /sOult/ and "cult" as /cOult/. So I don't know where Fred's coming up with this from. Anyway, as for "hall" and "hole", I pronounce them the same as Mick.
But ... I think I might actually pronounce them /solt/ and /kolt/ (note: the "c" was a typo). It's hard to be sure about /ol/ and /Oul/ as I explain on that thread.
Mi5 Mick wrote:
<<salt ~ /sOult/
cult ~ /cOult/>>
This is what I always suspected Mi5 Mick. Thank you for confirming my suspicions. And I'm pretty sure that it also happens in words like multi ~ mOulti