Date: Fri, 26 Apr 1996 14:51:06 -0600 From: Bruce Gelder 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. Bruce