J. 'Mach' Wust wrote: > >Since you've included /Aj@/, why not include /aw@/ as in "sour"? Though I >don't really understand why these are so often analyzed as one (compound) >vowel sound and not as /Aj, aw/ + [log in to unmask] > > > They are a tripthong. It's just the way they're pronounced, I suppose.Both [Aj@] and [Aw@] are heading towards [A:], however, as is the trend today(Monopthongising dipthongs/tripthongs). Hence, /O:/, /O@/ and /U@/ are merged in my dialect, what was originally [E@] is [E:], and [I@] is quite often [I:]. (especially finally - ear, year). >I guess you merge the sounds of "war" and "door"? > > > Almost everyone does. And that of 'pour'.