Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 30 16:21:48 UTC 2007

At 10:04 AM -0500 12/30/07, Dennis Preston wrote:
>us open-o /a/ distinguishers have a very uneven assignment of the
>phonemes to different words, especially before /g/.  In my case,
>which I bet is not very different from David's, my earliest learned o
>+ /g/ words are all open-o (hog, frog, log, dog, etc...); my later
>learned words (cog, togs, etc...) are either /a/ or variable (e.g.,
>smog). I think I would assign /a/ to "blog," although I ain't much
>for introspection in such matters.

We effete easterners (or me, anyway) also distinguish two
collections, and frequency/early acquisition are relevant variables
for us too, but playing out in a rather imbalanced way.  I have /dOg/
with open-o and...that's it.  The other -ogs all have /a/.  So not
only doesn't "blog" rhyme with "dog", but nothing else does either!?
Did I realize this?

Actually there might be local Indian names in New England whose last
syllable end in things like -paug that would rhyme with "dog".  Or if
I were pronouncing PAUG [the acronym for the Portland Access Users
Group, the Professional Auto-CAD Users Group, or the Philadelphia
Auto-CAD Users Group] or PAWG [Pissed Americans With Guns] that would
as well.  For -og words, though, "dog" stands alone, it appears.
Anyone else share this weird idiolect?  Have we already discussed


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>>Subject:      Re: "Blawg"
>>From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>>>  How will "dawg"-sayin' folk distinguish "blawg" from "blog" in speech?
>>>  By contex', I reckon.
>>Actually, my cot-caught-distinguishin' self pronounces blog with an
>>open-o, probably out of analogy with log, which has an open-o for me.
>>(Hence my weakly-joked wonderment at why it was spelled blawg, not blog
>>in my earlier post. I realized right after i sent it that that was a
>>pretty opaque comment.)
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