Stress patterns on words spelled with final <el> (long posting)

David Bergdahl einstein at FROGNET.NET
Fri Aug 25 18:42:58 UTC 2000

This is just a guess, but could the final [El] come from avoidance of
syllabic-L rather than [@l] or [?l] ?  The "swallowing" of the vowel
could be heard by non-southerners as uneducated and as such to be
avoided.  Even [Il] --which I find n atural in some of the words cited--
might be heard as "slurring" and so to be avoided.  Again, just a guess.

-- db, whose name is pronounced ['b3g d?l] by a colleague originally
from NC
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