Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 12:21:22 -0400 From: "David A. Johns" Subject: Vocalized /l/ In light of a recent thread here on vocalized L's, I thought folks might be interested in the following scribal errors by three students in my writing class: "Although requirements of honoring the morals in your [marriage] vowels are necessary, being dogmatic of trivial situations will cause unnecessary conflicts." "This story involves a man and a woman who have been married under the vowels of God." "All of the marriage vowels have been broken, and it is time for this couple to reevaluate their marriage life." And speaking of "broken vowels," it's interesting that the merger of "vow" and "vowel" involves not only the vocalization of L, but the loss of the distinction between a one-syllable word and a two-syllable word. Since /aw/ here in Southeast Georgia is often "broken" to something like [&ju], it's probable that both "vow" and "vowel" are pronounced with either one or two syllables depending on context. -- David Johns Waycross College Waycross, GA 31501