Variable LABOV

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 1 15:45:47 UTC 2009

RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> Hear "Labov" pronounced with a final schwa + /f/   (varying with open-o +
> /f/) at
> and
> Interesting that the seasoned TV announcer apparently did not learn to
> pronounce the name as ending in [-ov], even in an interview with the man himself.
> Somebody else found it "unnatural" (or maybe it is better to say "intuitively
> wrong")

As someone whose first grade teacher called "Farber" rather than "Faber"
for the entire school year, this doesn't surprise me in the least.

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