Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 21 10:23:40 UTC 2007

I agree with all of the below, except for the one about carbon, at
least when I'm speaking standard. Or when I'm under the impression
that I am, at least.


On 9/20/07, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
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> 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".
> LH
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