Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 08:56:28 -0500 From: Wayne Glowka 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 words. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]