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wine-whine merger

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English

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /(ðə) waɪnˈʍaɪn ˌmɜːʤə/

Noun

Singular
wine-whine merger

Plural
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  1. (phonology) A merger in which [ʍ] (the sound heard at the beginning of the word whine in a Scottish accent) becomes [w] (the sound heard at the beginning of the word wine); in accents where this merger occurs, whine and wine are homophones.

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References

Wikipedia-logo.png Phonological history of wh on Wikipedia.Wikipedia:Phonological history of wh

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