Date: Tue, 8 Feb 1994 21:58:51 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: Sluff/Slough Peter, Isn't there a neutralization in some places between /aw/ and /ow/, merging somewhere in the vicinity of /ew/? To these American ears, though just impressionistically and not by careful listening, the Queen uses /ew/ where I would use /ow/, e.g. in . If and really rhyme, then as quoted in the road sign must be a local homonym. No? Rudy Troike