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.
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu