Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 08:22:45 -0500

From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU

Subject: Re: AWFUL OFFAL

On Mon, 6 Mar 1995, Jim Ague, ague[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE], Col Spgs, CO wrote:

According to my Webster's NW, even though the same lex symbols are used


both words, one word has the 'F' sound pronounced with the first


of-l, and the other word has the 'F' in with the second

syllable, o-f'l.

Does this still make the words homophones? -- Jim

I can say from experience that syllable division in dictionary

pronunciations is not the most reliable indicator of homophony. The kind

of variation noted here, essentially a contrast between "syllabic l" and a

syllable represented with an unstressed vowel and final l, while certainly

distinguishable and capable of marking contrasts, is very often optional.

Regards, Bill


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