editor at VERBATIMMAG.COM
Fri Jul 12 12:38:26 UTC 2002
I hope this is not redundant -- I'm checking my mail remotely and may not
have gotten to all the ADS-L hawk messages hidden among the porn and
weight loss spams...
But, to answer Dennis, I was reading the June issue of WIRED yesterday
evening and found this sentence in an article about Filipino workers
"Often a new contract, written in a foreign language, is forced on the
employee once she's in hawk for her fees and far away from home." (p. 145)
editor at verbatimmag.com
On Wed, 10 Jul 2002, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
> Is there a merger of the words anywhere (i.e., people who confuse
> "pawning" with "bird of prey"?
> >Yes, it did sound a lot like "hock" when he pronounced "Muncie Hawk
> >Shop." I don't think there's any merger of the words here, though,
> >just of the pronunciation.
> >John Baker
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Beverly Flanigan [mailto:flanigan at ohio.edu]
> >Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 3:56 PM
> >To: American Dialect Society
> >Cc: Baker, John
> >Subject: Re: hawk/hock
> >Did you ask the owner to pronounce the name of the shop? He may say [hak]
> >(with 'short o') for both words even if he has the lexical distinction. I
> >have a similar example somewhere in my files, where "hawk" seems to be the
> >clear intention but "hock" is on the sign (or in the ad); in this case the
> >two words seem to have merged along with the vowels.
> >On the other hand, in southern and SE Ohio (all the way to Pittsburgh) the
> >opposite conflation will occur, with both vowels going to [O](or 'open o').
> >(I should say "almost," since the merged vowel is not quite that far back.)
> >Newcomers to our area who hear the name of our local river may thus spell
> >it "Hawking" instead of "Hocking." When I myself was new, a neighbor asked
> >my son if he liked to play "hawkey," and we didn't know what he was talking
> >about for some time.
> Dennis R. Preston
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> Department of Linguistics and Languages
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