[Ads-l] It's an intrusive L!

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 3 14:40:53 UTC 2015


Reminds me again of the aforementioned "calvary" (which I keep seeing in
print), which features an intrusive and an elided / l /.

JL

On Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 11:04 PM, Dave Hause <dwhause at cablemo.net> wrote:

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> Which, of course, should have been a reply to Wilson.
> Dave
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> AH, thank you.  Now I know what is happening when my friend says, "howl it
> works."
> Dave Hause
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> > On Jul 2, 2015, at 7:18 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >=20
> > For dekkids, I've heard Fats Domino sing:
> >=20
> > I'm walking to New Orleans
> > New Orleans is my home
> > That's the reason, while I'm going
> > I'm walking to New Orleans
> >=20
> > And, during that time, I've attempted to winkle out to meaning of the =
> third
> > line,
> >=20
> > "That's the reason, _while_ I'm going."
> >=20
> > In a sudden, blazing flash of insight, I've come to realize that what =
> we
> > have here is a failure to recognize the insertion of an intrusive L to
> > break up the hiatus between the preceding (IPA) [a] of "why" and the
> > following (IPA) [a] of "I," instead of the more-common intrusive R
>
> More common to be sure, although as I noted a couple of years back the L =
> is also a feature of Philadelphia-area (working class?) accent, and =
> nicely illustrated by Patti Smith in her reading of her memoir _Just =
> Kids_, about the years she spent with Robert Mapplethorpe, who did a lot =
> of "drawling" (the kind that involves sketch pads and charcoal pencils).
>
> > or even
> > the nearly-standard glo?al onset/glo?al catch. Hence, the correct =
> reading
> > of the third line is,
> >=20
> > "That's the reason _why_ I'm going."
> >=20
> > It's obvious.
>
> and confirmed by=20
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DH1z45jVlM34
>
> At 1:35 you can here Fats's intrusive L as the corresponding lyrics =
> scroll on by.
>
> Takes me back, but the next one it segues to,
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DbQQCPrwKzdo,
> does even more so.  Hearing that barrelhouse piano intro, waiting to =
> find that thrill--ah, to be 14 again. =20
>
> LH
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