list of words like bath/staff/clasp/dance

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list of words like bath/staff/clasp/dance

Postby skullturf » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:35 pm UTC

Does anybody know if anybody has already compiled a reasonably complete list of words like the following:

bath, branch, clasp, dance, master, staff

which (according to what I have read) tend to be pronounced with the palm/calm/bra/father vowel in southern England, but the trap/cat/ham vowel in northern England?

I'm just curious. I am a North American whose father is from Sheffield, and I don't have a lot of first-hand experience with accents that pronounce bath/staff with the calm/palm vowel.

Every once in a while, I am surprised to learn that a word is on that list. This happened to me recently with the word "branch".

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Re: list of words like bath/staff/clasp/dance

Postby Derek » Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:18 am UTC

This is called the bath-trap split.

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