final or linking /l/

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jan 31 18:52:20 UTC 2005

Our local Sunday paper had a column by the managing editor stipulating
rules for letters to the editor.  She noted that some writers, having sent
in a letter, then decide "to withdrawal it."  I can only assume that she is
from Southeast Ohio, where a linking /l/ is common.  As in the case of my
earlier cited "drawling," her pronunciation has slipped into her
spelling.  (No doubt she'll get some irate letters from the J-School or the
English dept.)

Beverly Olson Flanigan
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Ohio University
Athens, OH  45701

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