pronunciation of ALCOHOLIC
sagehen at SLIC.COM
Sat Nov 11 15:16:34 UTC 2000
"Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET> writes:
>My initial impression is that this is just a 'lazy' pronunciation,
>comparable -- for example -- to 'antarctic' /&nartIk/ [& = 'ae' ligature],
>which I've heard often. I think you'll find the same casual acceptance of
>this, with one speaker saying /&nartIk/, another /&ntarktIk/, nobody much
>noticing the distinction.
>Is there any correlation between the elision of the /l/ and the 'northern'
>high-front pronunciation of /&/?
>Do we hear 'calculator' /k&kj at lejt@r/ with elided /l/ sometimes? I think so.
>Maybe the silent 'l' often found before /k/ -- as in 'walk', 'folk',
>'falcon' (variant), etc., etc. -- shows a general tendency for /lk/ > /k/?
>-- Doug Wilson
I also often hear "vunerable" for vulnerable, and less frequently,
"chirdren" for children.
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