-og words

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jun 19 11:53:53 UTC 2002

Broadly indeed. I always narrowly define dialect speakers as those
who conflate this opposition, thereby revealing a sloppiness of
thought and mind (just like some others have accused /E/-/I/
conflaters, although they conflate this pair only before nasals). I
won't even discuss the obvious laziness and attendant moral depravity
of "horse"-"hoarse" conflaters.


>On Mon, 17 Jun 2002, Charles Wells wrote:
>#I say "dog" with the caught vowel and all other -og words with the cob
>#vowel (not distinguished in my Atlanta-based dialect from the a in father).
>Exactly the same for me. My parents were NYC-born, and I grew up
>Westchester and then NYC.
>I have picked up an occasional "caught" pronunciation of "frog", which
>as far as I can tell I use only in songs and rhymes where it rhymes with
>"dog" and in what might be broadly called "dialect" in telling jokes and
>-- Mark A. Mandel

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
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