Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 31 02:03:10 UTC 2007

>Questions for the aforementioned effete eastcoasterners:
>      1) how do y'all say "Boston"?
>      2) and "Bronx"?
>      3) and (back to <og>) "Throgs Neck Bridge"?
>Open-o or /a/?

open-o, /a/, and /a/ respectively.  "Throgs Neck" rhymes with "frog's
neck".  "Bronx" rhymes with "honks" (or "no thonx").  "Boston" rhymes
with "lost in".


>(A friend from Loss Angeles once asked me "So what's a Throg,
>anyway?"... I still don't know the answer!)
>Missourian @ NYC
>>Tsk, tsk, Tom. And here I thought someone who preaches greater
>>consistency in the sound/spelling correspondence would be offended
>>by such variability in the phonemic assignment of <og>. Shouldn't
>>you praise those of us who use just one vowel in all <og> words?
>>Matt Gordon
>>Proud "awe" repressor
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Tom Zurinskas
>>Sent: Sun 12/30/2007 4:18 PM
>>Subject:      Re: "Blawg"
>>I agree.  I'd say your ideolect is standard American English for the
>>words you've cited.  What is the history of pronunciation of these
>>The problem is that some folks are repressing the sound "awe" and
>>replacing it with "ah" wherever it exists.  They just do not want to
>>say that sound.
>>Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
>>See truespel.com - and the 4 truespel books plus "Occasional Poems"
>>at authorhouse.com.
>>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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