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Feb 11 '17 at 16:26 comment added Sorcha NicEalair They're only merged in casual speech. If I were asked to read aloud or pronounce the words, I would use [th] in the first and [ɾ] in the second.
Aug 30 '13 at 14:16 comment added user230 @Em1 But both /t/ and /d/ are realized as [ɾ] in these words in AmE, so the distinction is not preserved. This is called flapping.
Aug 30 '13 at 14:13 comment added Em1 According to dictionaries which offer pronunciation to both AmE and BE (like OALD) both 'dialects' pronounce these words clearly different, i.e. /t/ and /d/.
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Aug 30 '13 at 12:43 comment added Peter Shor On your additional note: I think most (not just some) American dialects exhibit a length difference between writer and rider. However, if you're not used to listening to Americans, that won't help at all, and even if you are, there may not be enough difference in the pronunciation to reliably distinguish between writer and rider.
Aug 29 '13 at 23:46 comment added WendiKidd @snailboat Hi, since Matt has taken care of splitting the question into two parts, I've unmarked your answer as CW because it's now a complete and appropriate answer to the question :) You're welcome to replace it if you like. Thanks! :)
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Aug 29 '13 at 16:22 comment added user230 No, I don't think it's very likely that someone would say author instead of writer due to a perceived ambiguity caused by pronunciation. Most people who pronounce these words the same don't realize they do so, because the way they think about the words is influenced by how they're spelled. (Incidentally, if I were driving a car, I'd refer to the other people in the car as passengers.)
Aug 29 '13 at 16:10 comment added Derfder Thanks, so if they sound the same then it's more common to hear people in America say "Do you know any great author except you?" instead of "Do you know any great writer except you?" when driving a car? I know that the person in a car is called in a casual car a "driver" and a "rider" is actually in a racing car, but still. I would find it ambiguous what the person want to know. If I know Jack London or Michael Schumacher? ;D
Aug 29 '13 at 15:49 history answered user230 CC BY-SA 3.0