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.