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What American accent do you have?
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Southern. Love it or hate it, your accent says you're probably from somewhere south of the Ohio River.

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We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?



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(this is an oft-repeated conjecture but it makes the most sense to me)

Basically, vowels in recent loanwords are usually assigned to the closest English phoneme to the sound in the original language, when they enter the language. This assignment also depends on the English dialect where the word is imported, but once assigned, it becomes subject to all the dialectal variations of English.

In a lot of American accents (not all, but many), the "a" in "past" is very forward and high in the mouth, making it very distinct from the Italian vowel in "pasta". Meanwhile the "o" in "tossed" is much closer to the Italian vowel - so American English assigns "pasta" to that phoneme. As a result, even in very Canadian-like accents (say, North Dakota or Nebraska), "pasta" has the same vowel as "tossed".

In most Canadian accents, the "o" in "tossed" is farther back in the mouth and sounds nothing like the Italian "a". But our "a" in "past" is much closer to the Italian vowel, so we assign "pasta" the same vowel as "past".

A comparative example is that some Americans pronounce "block" very close to how most Canadians (and some Americans) say "black".

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