Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue May 22 10:46:16 UTC 2007

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>From: James Harbeck <jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Hockey
>Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 21:29:59 -0400
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>Poster:       James Harbeck <jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA>
>Subject:      Re: Hockey
> >Speaking of hockey, and the COT/CAUGHT merger, I distinctly remember
> >a radio announcer in Chicago during the Glenn Hall/Bobby Hull/Pierre
> >Pilote/Stan Mikita days, probably an ex-player, and therefore, at
> >that time almost certainly Canadian, who talked always about the
> >"Black Hocks" with a vowel that approximated those of my friends in
> >"hocks" (not "hawks"), i. e. a pretty front /a/.  What I've heard
> >Canadians do, on the whole, is use something like the Chicago vowel
> >in "hawks" in both.  Are there any regions in Canada that routinely
> >unround and/or front the merged vowel?
>I think you could get unrounding (in fact, for most Canadians it's
>only middling round at best, I'd say), but I'd be a bit surprised by
>significant fronting. But I don't have data ready to hand. The link
>Tom Zurinskas posted might give you some indication -- I haven't gone
>through it all.
>James Harbeck.
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