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So, for instance, Carrey and Berry have a difference with the vowels. Does anyone hear the difference in the two examples I gave?

I am looking for the truest definition of "Homophone."

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    I live in Western NY, where "bear" and "bare" are exact homophones. – GoldenGremlin Dec 26 '16 at 1:19
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    Are you looking for the definition of "homophone", examples of homophones, or are you asking about the peculiarities of the NY and NJ accents? As it stands right now, it's kind of unclear what exactly you want. – GoldenGremlin Dec 26 '16 at 1:24
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    While some New Yorkers pronounce Carrey and Berry differently, I can't imagine them pronouncing bear and bare differently. Is this something you actually hear, or is this something somebody told you about? – Peter Shor Dec 26 '16 at 1:56
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    Carrey and Berry aren't homophones, certainly not in "the truest sense": as much as some people might pronounce them with the same vowel, they have a different consonant! – AndyT Dec 26 '16 at 9:26
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    @AndyT You mean you don't have the C–B merger in your dialect? ;-) – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 26 '16 at 10:09