Halloween pronunciation

Mark Odegard markodegard at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 2 17:03:51 UTC 2001

Could the questions here be related to the so-called 'Northern Cities vowel
shift'? I gather the NCVW moves the cat vowel (ae) into the territory of the
(a) as in 'father' vowel.

Laurence Horn:
>At 10:37 AM -0600 11/2/01, Donald M. Lance wrote:
>>James Smith wrote:
>>>  I've never heard it pronounced as Holloween.  Where is
>>>  this being heard?
>>All over every voice medium I've heard -- local and national.
>Right, but it should be noted that it's often a bit tricky to tell,
>given the fact that the first syllable doesn't get primary stress.
>It's easier to tell with All Hallows/Hollows.

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