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In many parts of North America (about half the United States and nearly all of Canada)<ref>William Labov,[http://babel.ling.upenn.edu/phono_atlas/ICSLP4/BW/ICSLP4BW.html The Organization of Dialect Diversity in North America], The o/oh merger [i.e. The /ɑː - ɔː/ merger].</ref><ref>Wikipedia, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonological_history_of_English_low_back_vowels#Cot.E2.80.93caught_merger Phonological history of English low back vowels § Cot–caught merger]. Retrieved 14 April 2016.</ref> {{nw|/ɑː/}} and {{nw|[[Phoneme /ɔː/ in General American|/ɔː/]]}} sound the same. This is in addition to the father-bother merger, where [[Phoneme /ɑː/ in General American|{{nw|/ɑː/}} and {{nw|/ɒ/}}]] sound the same. This means that ''caught'' {{nw|/ɔː/}} and ''cot'' {{nw|/ɒ/}} (also ''father'' {{nw|/ɑː/}} and ''bother'' /ɒ/) have the same stressed vowel {{nw|/ɑː/.}} In this accent {{nw|/ɔː/}} appears only followed by /r/: north, force.
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In many parts of North America (about half the United States and nearly all of Canada)<ref>William Labov,[http://babel.ling.upenn.edu/phono_atlas/ICSLP4/BW/ICSLP4BW.html The Organization of Dialect Diversity in North America], The o/oh merger [i.e. The /ɑː - ɔː/ merger].</ref><ref>Wikipedia, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonological_history_of_English_low_back_vowels#Cot.E2.80.93caught_merger Phonological history of English low back vowels § Cot–caught merger]. Retrieved 14 April 2016.</ref> /ɑː/ and [[Phoneme /ɔː/ in General American|/ɔː/]] sound the same. This is in addition to the father-bother merger, where [[Phoneme /ɑː/ in General American|{{nw|/ɑː/}} and {{nw|/ɒ/}}]] sound the same. This means that ''caught'' /ɔː/ and ''cot'' /ɒ/ (also ''father'' /ɑː/ and ''bother'' /ɒ/) have the same stressed vowel /ɑː/. In this accent /ɔː/ appears only followed by /r/: north, force.
  
 
This accent (which is not [[General American]]) is so prevalent that it is used in [[Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary]] and in [http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/british/ Cambridge Dictionaries Online for British English, US label]. Note that Cambridge Dictionaries Online list two different American pronunciations, the one in [http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/essential-american-english/ Essential American English] doesn't have the merger.
 
This accent (which is not [[General American]]) is so prevalent that it is used in [[Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary]] and in [http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/british/ Cambridge Dictionaries Online for British English, US label]. Note that Cambridge Dictionaries Online list two different American pronunciations, the one in [http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/essential-american-english/ Essential American English] doesn't have the merger.

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