Hockey---(NYC pronunciation of "chocolate")

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Tue May 22 00:24:34 UTC 2007

The use of open-o (AW) in "lost" fits the historical pattern of ME short o which normally joined the open-o class when it appeared before voiceless fricatives. But, "chocolate" is exceptional, isn't it? Are there other examples of the open-o phoneme being spelled with just an 'o' before a voiceless stop? Of course, "chocolate" is borrowed and not from ME, but why did it get this phonemicization?

-Matt Gordon

-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Tom Zurinskas
Sent: Mon 5/21/2007 6:40 PM
Subject:      Re: Hockey---(NYC pronunciation of "chocolate")
Remember Nestle's dog Farfle.  He said "CHAW-klit.

Interesting that the show "Lost" is pronounced "Lawst" instead of "lahst".

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