Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 13:54:42 -0500 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: Sulking Over Silky Milk & Other Words of That Ilk Larry Horn wrote: >For me, it's definitely phonological in most environments: I always have an L >in -ilk and -ulk (with schwa), never in -a(u)lk (balk, caulk, talk) [although >if the vowel is front then indeed I do: calc vs. caulk, talc vs. talk], . >. . The pairs of words that Larry lists here at the end deserve some comment. My astute student (who started this thread) noted this morning that she has heard "talcum" without the /l/, and even "talc"--both of which I have also heard. A notably weird variation occurs with "falcon." Around here, as far as I know, the Falcons have an /l/; however, I had a friend in graduate school from upstate New York (it may have been Albany, but I am fearful of the earlier thread on what is actually upstate New York) who made fun of all us Austin folks for saying [f[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]lkxn] (where x = schwa and [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] = ash). He said [fckxn] (where c = open-o). An l-less "talcum" or "talc," however, still has an ash, not an open-o. Isn't there also variation in regard to ash and /a/ and open-o in words like "balm" and "psalm" and "alms"? In Monty Python's _The Life of Brian_, the magi bear gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the wrong manger. When the mother of Brian hears the explanation that myrrh is a balm [bcm], she goes postal and starts screaming for the magi to get their "bomb" out of the manger. He cain't hep hissef, 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]