the long and the short of it

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 17 23:22:52 UTC 2003

At 6:11 PM -0500 3/17/03, David Bergdahl wrote:
>Bev wrote:
>Mark's system is the one I remember too.  "Short o" is actually the /a/ of
>'hot', 'pot', etc. (as opposed to the 'long o' of 'note').  But what about
>'ah' [a] in 'father' and 'pasta' (Italian-style)?   Was there really no
>name for that?
>broad A & flat A

We didn't have those, but I thought "short o" was the vowel of "dog"
and "laundry" as opposed to that of "log", "frog", and "father".
Hard to remember, though.


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