Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Sep 20 17:35:14 UTC 2007

I am a distinguisher, but I have the "cot" vowel (as I also do in
"sophistry" and other such words). I have heard the open o
pronunciation but can't say where or from whom.


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>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).
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