''hall'', ''hole'' and ''hull''

Fred   Tuesday, November 02, 2004, 22:38 GMT
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?
Regular poster   Tuesday, November 02, 2004, 23:41 GMT
The vowels in SALT and CULT sound identical to me, that is I'm talking about the non-rhotic phonemes.
Mi5 Mick   Tuesday, November 02, 2004, 23:57 GMT
>>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/
Fred   Wednesday, November 03, 2004, 00:25 GMT
Regular poster, Is your accent non-rhotic?
Regular poster   Wednesday, November 03, 2004, 06:09 GMT
Yes, it is.
Jim   Thursday, November 04, 2004, 00:00 GMT
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.
Jim   Thursday, November 04, 2004, 03:55 GMT
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.
Reggie   Thursday, November 04, 2004, 11:13 GMT
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