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John Cowan:
> And Rosta scripsit:
>
> > I've been trying to stay out of these accents of English threads -- too
> > addictive -- but here I shall lapse and point out that AusE has low
> > back vowels in _hot_ and _gone_, [hQt] and, for some speakers, at
> > least (as previously discussed on this list) [gQ:n].
>
> But anomalously so, like /RQT/ for "wrath".  For me, /Q/ is one of the most
> reliable markers of Not-My-Accent.

I don't understand. Even if AusE has /Q/ in "wrath", it still has a low
back vowel phoneme, and anyway, where is the anomaly. As for /rQT/, that's
not an AusE preculiarity; rather, /raT/ is an AmE peculiarity. (Hence
British newspapers calling _Portnoy's complaint_ _The gripes of Roth_.)

--And.