postvocalic /l/

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton2 at BTINTERNET.COM
Mon Mar 8 16:26:51 UTC 2010

Gawd, I never thought I'd admit to being trapped in any specific linguistic
register, but it's *troo!!!

There are simply certain varieties of Scottish vernacular English in which
it's virtually impossible for a native speaker to naturally to use a
post-vocalic "l":

            Whit wa wir yi born against if yir mither wiz a coo?

Mind you, as the great general Wellesley once said, about the taint of
Irishism in his English, "Just because I was born in a stable doesn't mean
I'm a horse."


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From: "Robin Hamilton" <robin.hamilton2 at BTINTERNET.COM>
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 10:52 AM
Subject: Re: postvocalic /l/

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> Also, may I lodge a mild protest with regard to the barely-concealed
> linguistic chauvanism involved in complaints against the dropping of the
> post-vocalic "l",

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