Linguistic boundaries [was: A novel notion of "balance"]

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 13 17:12:59 UTC 2014

On 1/13/14 12:03 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> On Jan 13, 2014, at 11:38 AM, Paul Johnston wrote:
>> How do the Red Sox/Yankees divisions correlate with variables such as whether the vowel in cart (rhotic or not) is front or back, and whether cot is rounded or unrounded?
> I'd guess in one direction:  Boston side of isogloss --> Red Sox fan, but not vice versa.  As I say, just a guess.

Also, consider the eye-dialect spelling SAWX, even (maybe especially) by
speakers with a NY-style COT/CAUGHT contrast.


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