/or/ distinctions and more
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Fri Apr 14 18:10:50 UTC 2000
From: Kim & Rima McKinzey <rkm at SLIP.NET>
: In my experience thus far, it seems that the or (horse/hoarse)
: distinction is definitely disappearing, though older and
: Southerners are most likely to still have it.
: cot/caught breaks even younger. I don't have the horse/hoarse
: distinction, but I do have the cot/caught.
For my part, i'm from Southern Maryland (south of Washington DC), b. 1970,
and i show the following pattern (i think i got everything under discussion
Also, to complete the picture, i'm from an r-ful region, though it was
apparently r-less a century ago. My pattern of cot-caught vowels before [g],
also, runs as follows:
cot caught variable
--- ------ --------
cog dog hog
togs frog bog
Interestingly, "slog" isn't a word i'd ever use, having not ever really
learned it except seeing it discussed earlier in this thread. If i *had* to
classify it, it'd have the caught vowel.
And, as a bonus for those of you who've read this far, my wife, b. 1971 and
from Maryland north of Baltimore (with some western influences), has a
near-merger of cot and caught--she doesn't perceive the difference between
them, but she produces it. Other than that, she matches me for distribution
of mergers and distinctions (leaving aside the vowels before [g], which i
haven't inventoried in her speech).
David Bowie Department of English
Assistant Professor Brigham Young University
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