aw is a digraph that occurs in many languages.
In English, aw
represents the /ɔ/ sound in pawn
. In many varieties of English, including many varieties of North American English
, Scottish English
and Irish English
this vowel is merged
with the /ɒ/ or /ɑ/ vowel in "hot". In Middle English, the digraph was pronounced as the diphthong /au/.
In other languages
represents the diphthong [au].