Date: Tue, 31 Oct 1995 15:06:40 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: folk/folklore David Rojas writes: ----------------------------Original message---------------------------- After the /I/ in 'milk', 'silk', and 'film', I do pronounce the /l/ before the final consonant; however, in /a/ words such as 'balm', 'calm', 'balk', 'talk', 'walk', etc, I think I never pronounce the /l/ before the final consonant. I would like to get some feedback on the distribution of this pronunciation "rule" that I seem to express. D M Rojas (drojas1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ------------------------------------------------- Yes, that's consistent with a number of us who report operating with* a regular distinction between non-back vowels, after which the L is pronounced ([I] as in milk and film, [E] as in elm, [AE] as in talc (= talcum) and calc (= calculus), and schwa as in hulk and sulk) and (some) back vowels, after which it isn't (open o as in balk and talk, [a] as in balm and calm). For me, as mentioned, [o] sometimes wipes out the following L (as in the 'folk' words and 'yolk') and sometimes doesn't (Polk, Volks(wagen), Tolk ['Tolkien groupie'] and so on). Larry *at least in my case; I probably shouldn't generalize