Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 21:45:34 -0500
From: Beth and Ed Deluzain bethed[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INTEROZ.COM
Subject: Florida l-lessness
David Johns noted that younger Floridians substitute [O] for l in
some words. In the Florida Panhandle, the dialect is almost completely
l-less post-vocalicly. Thus, the Gulf of Mexico becomes the Guff, golf
becomes goff, wolf becomes woof, help becomes hep, etc. One of the counties
in the Panhandle is Holmes County, which is always pronounced Homes. I
always assumed that was the result of l-lessness.
I was somewhat surprised by his observation that younger Floridians
don't have the cot/caught distinction because my observations, as well as
the results of my direct questions about that pair of words, suggest that
they do, at least in this part of the state. Those who don't usually are
recent arrivals to the area. By the way, I live in Panama City, FL.