Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 08:36:39 -0800
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: AWFUL OFFAL
"Offal" and "awful" are not homophonous for me, though the difference is
in the syllable division rather than the vowel quality. As a result of
juncture placement, the otherwise identical low back rounded vowel is
lengthenable in "awful" but not in "offal". In contrast, "caught/cot" and
"dawn/don" are distinguished by different vowels (low back rounded vs.
low mid unrounded in both cases). I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but grew
up in Oklahoma, California and Oregon. One parent is from Iowa and the
other from Texas and Oklahoma.