pronunciation of ALCOHOLIC

sagehen 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.
A. Murie

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