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>> Though I am not a native english speaker, I am also puzzled by
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>> your /a/ ("ahh" vs. "dot"? It doesn't seem to be the same sound).
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>Depends on your dialect.  In mine, "ahh" and "dot" have the same sound.
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>In other dialects (I think), they're different.  I think that "dot" uses
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>/O/ in some dialects, but I'm not sure.

In mine the vowel in <dot> is noticable higher than that of, say, "father",
though I don't think it gets all the way up to /O/ (but I've never been sure
I'm able to distiguish catagorically /E/ and /O/ from /e/ and /o/ in my own and
other's speech).

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sam