Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 12:11:50 -0500

From: Charles F Juengling juen0001[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GOLD.TC.UMN.EDU

Subject: Re: folk/folklore


What do you mean `folk' has no /l/? Several years ago I was in a class

in which the prof had us underline all the resonants in a certain

paragraph ( as we speak them, not the letters). He was shocked to learn

that every student, about 2 dozen, in the class has /l/ in `folk.'

Fritz Juengling, who also has /l/ in `calm', `psalm', `palm' `almond'

On Fri, 27 Oct 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote:

An astute sophomore in my linguistics class yesterday asked why "folk" has

no /l/ but why the same element in "folklore" does. I had never noticed

this difference in my own pronunciation before, but I maintain it. Anybody

got a good explanation? My only guess is that "folklore" with an /l/ in

"folk" is a reading-influenced pronunciation.

Wayne Glowka

Professor of English

Director of Research and Graduate Student Services

Georgia College

Milledgeville, GA 31061