Date: Thu, 27 Jun 1996 08:31:23 -0400 From: "Dale F.Coye" Subject: Re: variation in unstressed vowels David Bergdahl writes: >Ohio is an area where and like words, which in the east began with >a >schwa when I lived there 25+ yrs. ago, have /o/ as the in initial syllable, >which, incidentally, is stressed. Do you mean the first syllable of "official" has a secondary stress? Or how would you characterize it? And I wonder if it's invariably /oh/ or is does it vary between schwa and /oh/? When you say "like words" would that be a whole range of words like opinion, oppress, offensive which also behave in this way? Dale Coye