Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 21:50:53 -0400
From: Bryan Gick bryan.gick[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALE.EDU
Subject: Intrusive [l]
Dear Paul et al.-
My apologies for the 100-plus-line reply (I guarantee that by the end
of it you won't have unwittingly purchased a single magazine), but it seems
there's been lots of interest in this in the last couple days, and since
Beth has suggested I'm the one to ask, I figure I'll try to share what
knowledge I've managed to gather on the subject.
I've been investigating the "intrusive [l]" (I am mostly interested in
those cases where epenthesis is arguably syllabically motivated..e.g. "i
saw[l]it," "He's draw[l]ing a picture..") for about...oh, 6 or 7
years now. It's got some very interesting and surprisingly far-reaching
implications as an example of a heretofore all-but-unknown hiatus
consonant in English (not least significant of which is to call into
question any non-phonologically motivated accounts of intrusive [r]).
I'd be very interested in knowing whether there are any materials out
there that have escaped my view (make that, _how much_ of what's out there
has escaped my view).
I've edited down (apologies to the editees) those responses
to Paul's original question that had been posted as of this morning, and
I'll give specific comments where I can.. but to save myself some time, i've
tacked on at the end of this message a version of an abstract (to go out
soon) containing some relevant info, including some of the very few
references that I've found to be of interest.
My work on this at present involves mostly experimental phonology work
(primarily articulatory) on hiatus phenomena and glides and such. I intend
to present the L stuff as soon as possible (possibly at ESCOL, pending
acceptance). Anyone interested in this and similar phenomena can either
contact me personally, look on my web page for updates (I haven't
actually gotten it up and running as yet, but when I do, it'll be at:
http://pantheon.cis.yale.edu/~bgick/ ) or wait (with crossed fingers) for
Here's some of what has been said so far: