Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 11:43:01 EST From: Les Carpenter Subject: Re[2]: name's the same I worked in Sioux City, Iowa, for three years in the late 70's at a small Methodist college. One of my colleagues, named Don, had a daughter named Dawn. Most of our common friends and coworkers, either longtime residents or natives of the area, pronounced the two names the same. Les Carpenter lesc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________ Subject: Re: name's the same Author: American Dialect Society at INTERNET Date: 12/7/95 11:06 AM I pronounce them differently. The o in Don is short and somewhat flat, and Dawn tends to be longer and more of a diphthong. Also an Oregonian. Allen maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] On Wed, 6 Dec 1995, Charles F Juengling wrote: > On Wed, 6 Dec 1995, Lisa Pogoff wrote: > > > Upon moving to MN, I was surprised to hear my co-workers pronounce > > the male name "Don" and the female name "Dawn" exactly the same way. > > Are they also pronounced the same in other parts of the country? > > > I am equally surprised when I hear people make a distinction between the > two names. So, yes, there are other parts of the country where the names > are pronounced the same. I'm an Oregonian, BTW. > Fritz >