Uvular /l/ (Was: velarized /l/ again)

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Wed Mar 11 03:46:56 UTC 2009

Some people use a different gesture involving the back of their tongue to
make an /l/: a uvular nasal consonant. (It's represented as [N] in IPA,
which unfortunately is ambiguous here, since [N] is also SAMPA for the velar
nasal.) I wrote about in a couple of short posts:

Neal Whitman
Email: nwhitman at ameritech.net
Blog: http://literalminded.wordpress.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "Herb Stahlke" <hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:31 PM
Subject: velarized /l/ again

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> Wilson mentioned in the previous thread that /l/ tends not to be
> velarized in AAE, at least certainly not as much in other AmE
> varieties.  I've noticed this week the word "colleague" pronounced on
> TV by two African Americans, one I think an Olympic track athlete in a
> cell phone ad and the other Ice T on Law and Order SVU.  Both
> pronounced the /l/ without velarization and clearly the onset of the
> second syllable.  In my speech the /l/ is ambisyllabic, begins
> velarized and ends unvelarized.
> Herb
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