pronunciation of ALCOHOLIC

Sonja L. Lanehart lanehart at ARCHES.UGA.EDU
Sat Nov 11 10:23:43 UTC 2000

This feature occurs in my data from African American women who are
from the South. I recall hearing this pronunciation for as long as I
can remember.   --Sonja

>I have been making notes every time I hear the word ALCOHOLIC pronounced, and
>it seems to me that about 2% of the people I listen to say [aek at h)l at k]
>invariantently, even when others in conversation with them consistently say
>[aelk at h)l at k]. I'm not talking about vocalization of the [l], as in
>[aeuk at h)l at k]; it just ain't there at all. Those who do not have the first [l]
>do not seem to notice that they lack it, and those who listen to them speak
>do not seem to notice the absence of the [l] (at least, nobody comments on
>it). There does not seem to be any regional correlation (as there is with,
>say, [hEp] for [hElp], and very little social correlation.
>Anyone else notice this? Any explanation?

Sonja L. Lanehart
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