coffin pronunciation

Matthew Gordon gordonmj at MISSOURI.EDU
Thu Mar 13 18:53:31 UTC 2008

I was listening to a podcast featuring 2 thirty-something New Yorkers. One
of them pronounced 'coffin' with an open-o, and the other ridiculed him,
saying something about how it's not 'coughin'.

My question for those of you who maintain the distinction between /a/ and
open-o: Do you all have /a/ for 'coffin'? I'm wondering whether this is
another example of a word that varies in its phonemic assignment.

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