Cot-Caught Merger

Literature Review // Experiment Design // Scientific Writing


The cot-caught merger is a phenomenon that occurs in North American English, making the vowels in words like "caught" or "walk" and words like "cot" or "wok" more similar to each other. Interstingly, this has caused vowels to shift together in some NA English dialects but not in others.

Using Praat, a program designed to view phonetic elements of language computationally, I examined this phenomenon with the help of some friends in places where the merger hasn't occured.

Final Product and Takeaways