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On Sat, 4 Sep 2004 11:47:14 -0400, John Cowan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Joe scripsit:
>
>> >I guess you merge the sounds of "war" and "door"?
>>
>> Almost everyone does.  And that of 'pour'.
>
> Even I, firmly rhotic, merge all of these:  [wOr\], [dOr\], [pOr\].
> However, 'pour' [pOr\] and 'poor' [pur\] remain firmly separate,
> and I don't know of any rhotic dialect that merges them.

They're merged for me (and apparently for my boyfriend as well), both 'pour' and 'poor' varying between [pOr\], [pO@r\], and [pU@r\].

(I'd guess it either /pUr/ or /por/ underlyingly, with /r/'s characteristic vowel-munging.)


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