Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Apr 19 23:16:17 UTC 2000

I'm calling it short-o. That's the traditional name for the vowel in "hot."
If you're into spelling (as I am not) that may confuse you. Go with the
philological flow. Short-a is the vowel in "hat" and long-a is the vowel in


>Now I'm confused all over again, unless there was a typo in your message.
>I presume you meant to write " (short-a)" --right?
>Peter Mc.
>--On Wed, Apr 19, 2000 3:51 PM -0400 "Dennis R. Preston"
><preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU> wrote:
>> hoarse has the same vowel as coat (long-o)
>> horse has the same vowel as caught (open-o)
>> parse has the same vowel as hot (short-o)
>                               Peter A. McGraw
>                   Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
>                            pmcgraw at

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
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