Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Thu Sep 20 17:31:31 UTC 2007

At 01:21 PM 9/20/2007, you wrote:
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>Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: southmore
>At 12:08 PM -0500 9/20/07, Matthew Gordon wrote:
> >Do all of you who distinguish /a/ and 'open o' (cot vs. caught) have the
> >former vowel in 'sophomore'? I'd expect some speakers to have 'open o' here
> >by analogy to other pre-/f/ words (e.g. off, soft).
> >
> >-Matt
>I definitely have /a/ in both "sophomore" (bisyllabic) and its
>trunc-form "soph"; "soph" rhymes with "prof" and not with "off".
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As a Minnesota /a~O/ distinguisher, I agree with Larry; but I'll listen for
what SE Ohioans do (i.e., native SoMid/App speakers).


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