Date: Thu, 25 Apr 1996 09:57:17 -0400 From: "Dale F.Coye" 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. Dale Coye Carnegie Foundation Princeton