Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 08:56:28 -0500
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: Sulking Over Silky Milk & Other Words of That Ilk
Peter McGraw wrote:
The rule deleting the l seems confined to the environment
after back vowels. Clearly it's most solid (i.e. most general) after low
back vowels (I would be amazed to the point of incredulity to hear of any
AE speaker who pronounced an /l/ in "walk")
After trying to teach transcription to students from Sandersville, GA, for
15 years, I have given up arguing that there is no /l/ in words like "walk"
and "talk." The open-o in this area is so heavily diphthongized as
something like [ao] or even [[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]aow] that I have a hard time convincing these
students that they have no /l/ before the /k/. They hear no /l/, however,
in words like "law." The off-glide in words like "half" and "calf" also
sounds like /l/ to them.
By the way, one of those announcers with a stay-pressed smile on ET last
night pronounced the name of Dekalb, Illinois, with an /l/. There is no
/l/ in "Dekalb County," a county in the metro Atlanta area.
And speaking of transcription woes, I finally abandoned categorical
statements about there being no /g/ at the ends of words like "sing."
After arguing with students from Sandersville for years about there being
no /g/ except for some reading hypercorrection (which is, of course, a real
/g/ after all), I married a woman from Milledgeville who--like her sister
and other female relatives--pronounces a /g/ in "sing" and other related
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu