Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 09:57:17 -0400
From: "Dale F.Coye" CoyeCFAT[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Epenthetic [l] in _home_
I wonder if hypercorrection is a possibility. Speech teachers are telling
speakers who vocalize /l/ postvocalically to put it back in. In some
dialects words like cold, bolt have a high back vowel instead of velar /l/.
This is especially common in black English, but I have also heard it in SE
Pa. See Mary Berger's Speak Standard, Too--Add Mainstream English to Your
Talking Style which includes speech drills to get the /l/ back in. So now
maybe we're getting hypercorrection with words like home being added to the
"insert /l/" list of words.