Halloween pronunciation

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Nov 5 05:17:07 UTC 2001

At 11:57 AM -0500 11/5/01, Mark.Mandel at LHSL.COM wrote:
>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
ditto, except I also call the middle one "digraph".  and the last is
often called "script a", from the IPA symbol.


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