Mark J. Reed wrote: >Interesting! > > > >> The words 'hut' and 'heart', for example, are distinguised only by the >> duration of the 'ah' sound. >> >> > >In what dialect of English is the vowel of <hut> the same as the vowel >of <heart>? Even in non-rhotic dialects where the latter is something >like [ha:t] I would expect the former to be either [hVt] or [hUt], not >[hat]. > > > Indeed. 'heart' is [hA:t] in RP, and 'hut' is [hVt](Northerners use [hUt]).