EARLY MODERN ENGLISH "SHORT O"

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/ô/

Spelling: o, a, au, av, aw, augh, avgh, ough, ovgh

oft
hot

Low, back, lax rounded vowel. Vowel of British English hot.

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ME /ô/
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PDE /ô/
ME /a/ Influence of following /l/ [Dialectical variation] PDE /a/
ME /au/ Smoothing