Halloween pronunciation

Mark.Mandel at LHSL.COM Mark.Mandel at LHSL.COM
Mon Nov 5 16:57:23 UTC 2001

Ed Keer <edkeer at YAHOO.COM> writes:

I've always pronounced it Holloween--with a long _a_.

Since grade school in the fifties I've always used the name "long _a_" for
/ei/ as in "cake": "The long vowels say their own names." Is "long _a_"
becoming common for the vowel of "f<a>ther"?

For that matter, what do others call that vowel? I use the names

     long A    cake
     short A   cat
     broad A   father

                  Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist
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