final or linking /l/

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jan 31 23:21:54 UTC 2005

Interesting--I had never heard of this before.  You may be right.  But of
course "acrosst" began with liaison to a vowel (if I'm not mistaken),
though now it's generalized by many to all contexts.

At 04:28 PM 1/31/2005, you wrote:
>I'm not sure this would qualify as linking /l/.  I know many people who
>say withdrawal because they do not know that it is not a verb--they
>confuse the noun and verb.  They use it in sentences like "I need to
>withdrawal the money."  One would not expect linking /l/ before /th/ and I
>never hear these people say linking /l/ anywhere else.  Might be analogous
>to 'acrosst.'
>fritz Juengling
> >>> flanigan at OHIOU.EDU 01/31/05 10:52AM >>>
>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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