Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 17:48:01 -0400

From: Paul Fallon pfallon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S850.MWC.EDU

Subject: Epenthetic [l] in _home_

I've recently become aware of an epenthetic velarized [l] (el) in the

word _home_ (and its derivatives like home-boy), and occasionally in the

word _dome_. A student first pointed this out to me and I've since done

a little digging. I don't see anything listed in the appropriate DARE

entries. Can anyone guide me to any relevent literature or approximate

date of discussion on this list so I can search the logs?

The speakers who do this are from Maryland and Pennsylvania. (Anywhere

else?) My guess is that it's an acoustic reinterpretation of the

offglide element of the diphthong [oU] in /hom/. Any leads would be



Paul Fallon