Date: Tue, 7 Mar 1995 08:22:45 -0500 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." 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 for > both words, one word has the 'F' sound pronounced with the first syllable, > 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 ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga