I'm a native Spanish speaker who's trying to grasp some of the subtleties of (American) English pronunciation. I think the sounds that give me the most trouble are the triplet of low back vowels: /ɑ/, /ʌ/ and /ɔ/. The word "gone" is especially tricky, because each time I hear it I hear something different:
- Sometimes I think it's with a /ɔ/, as if it was "gawn". From my very limited experience, it would seem like this is more common in Southern accents.
- Other times it sounds like a /ɑ/, the same vowel as in "pot".
- The third option would be /ʌ/, like "gun", but I'm pretty sure this is not it.
Which one of these is it? Does it depend on the accent?