Date: Fri, 27 Oct 1995 11:03:33 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: folk/folklore Like Natalie, I don't pronounce the first syllable of 'folklore' differently from the way I pronounce 'folk' (and I also wondered whether there might be some anticipation of/assimilation to the L of the next syllable, but from what Wayne says that's not the case for him, given the way the L of folk reappears in other compounds). The [fok] pronunciation I have in all of those is clearly a lexical and not just a low-level phonetic matter, since I standardly refer to the cars as VoLkswagens and not [vok]swagens (or not necessarily, anyway: I imagine the L might indeed disappear in fast speech, but the L of 'folk', 'folklore' doesn't appear now matter how much I slow down. I have a feeling there's also an L in Folkestone, if I ever had the occasion to say it. Larry