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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 3 15:13:20 UTC 2015


> On Jul 3, 2015, at 10:40 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Reminds me again of the aforementioned "calvary" (which I keep seeing in
> print), which features an intrusive and an elided / l /.
> 
> JL

I'd put metatheses of the "calvary"/"cavalry" or "irrevalent" kind into a different bag from the intrusive L of "the reason why(-l-)it works", "draw(l)ing", or "how(l) it works", or the intrusive R of "I saw(r) a film today oh boy" (from the Beatles' A Day in the Life--an example I hadn't noticed before reading the wiki entry on intrusive/linking R).  I think my reluctance to collapse the two phenomena is that I suspect a difference in motivation.

LH
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> 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://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3D3DH1z45jVlM34&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=RTzddBmLKgIr1CEmF6ip0fswqhYKL1-RH8L1i1yRo2U&s=UqhbhLCEqDhW5Q0oPMNY-W1DfJiYV4NfWjKst7HanaI&e= 
>> 
>> 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://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3D3DbQQCPrwKzdo&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=wFp3X4Mu39hB2bf13gtz0ZpW1TsSxPIWYiZRsMFFaLQ&m=RTzddBmLKgIr1CEmF6ip0fswqhYKL1-RH8L1i1yRo2U&s=bLKHaM-DipM3oJ_g3rnni-kr6sP0xjptD-52jn5Ta8o&e= ,
>> 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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