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Trap-bath split in RP

In Received Pronunciation and many Southern British dialects you encounter the trap-bath split, where the word "trap" has the same vowel as "cat", and "bath" has the same vowel as "father". I've heard the words with this so-called "broad A" or "long A" referred to as "the BATH words" - and I also know that in British English there are rules for figuring out which words get the long A and which don't, but that the whole thing is slightly irregular and difficult to predict, for example with a broad A in pass but a short A in passage. Is there anywhere where I could find a comprehensive list of "BATH words" for RP? 
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  • translations of the Bhagavad Gita

    An old friend was talking with C and me lately, and she expressed an interest in learning more about the ideas behind yoga, and particularly about…

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    When you can use a German-derived term that Germans speakers themselves probably don't use

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