Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 14:51:06 -0600
From: Bruce Gelder bgelder[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CAMEL.CORP.ES.COM
Subject: Re: Elementary, My Dear
I didn't put the [l] in Sherlock Holmes until at least after the movie
version of The Seven Percent Solution.
Really? So even that is dialectal, I guess. I shouldn't be surprised.
I've just never heard "Sherlock Homes," is all.
I've been trying to formulate a phonological explanation for this
l-0 (el-null) alternation, but so far have been unsuccessful. The
only preliminary patterns I'm finding so far are that the phenomenon
seems to be occurring in short, monosyllabic, CV_C (or possibly CCV_C)
(where the _ represents the "l") words, and that the vowel before the
epenthesized (or not) [l] is nonhigh. But there are probably lots of
exceptions to that. Anyway, I haven't come up with anything satisfactory.