Date: Tue, 8 Apr 1997 18:00:25 -0400 From: Beverly Flanigan Subject: Re: Intrusive L (was Re: ADS-L Digest) A further note on intrusive 'l': I have a graduate student from Athens County who not only said 'draw(l)ing' as a child but also said/says 'grandmawl'--and wrote it that way (or 'grammal' perhaps, since southern Ohio has open O)* until his teacher corrected it. But he agreed with me that it is a dark l--at least word-finally, if not medially (and I'll withhold comment on that one yet). It seems to be the very same 'l' that is vocalized in Philadelphia and Baltimore (I recall not understanding my mother-in-law from Balto when she pronounced 'ball' and 'oil'--the latter was 'aw(l)' with no [l]. *This sound in Southern Ohio is not really open O but is midway between [a] and [O], close to the British low back vowel (upside down or backward [a]?). The spelling of 'mamaw' and 'papaw' reflects the same low back /a/. Beverly Flanigan