Labov (rhymes with "above" etc.)

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Wed Apr 1 00:19:39 UTC 2009

When I interviewed him for Journal of English Linguistics in 2006, this was the first question I asked and he told me it was /l at bov/, which is also how I've always heard his students pronounce it.

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Subject:      Labov (rhymes with "above" etc.)
In a message dated 3/31/09 7:40:51 PM, laurence.horn at YALE.EDU writes:

> But I've always said "Labov" with either an open {O] or a
> wedge/schwa (as in "love") rather than to rhyme unappetizingly with
> "Rove" and "mauve".   But it is his name, after all.

There seems to be some disagreement about what HE says. But then, He *IS* 
Bill Labov, so it doubtless is variable.

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