coffin pronunciation

Paul Johnston paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Thu Mar 13 21:40:20 UTC 2008

I pronounce coffin/coughin alike--both with a raised open o or
ingliding diphthong beginning with one.  I've not heard /a/ in this
class of words in my native area of SE NY/N NJ.

Paul Johnston
On Mar 13, 2008, at 2:53 PM, Matthew Gordon wrote:

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> 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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