pronunciation of ALCOHOLIC

Tim Frazer tcf at MACOMB.COM
Sat Nov 11 12:10:58 UTC 2000

There may be some regional bias to the /l/ loss that Ron notes.  In rural
west central Illlinois, near Peoria,
everyone I know uses the /l/.  We have some upland southern dialect around
here, but probably not like in North Carolina.


----- Original Message -----
From: <RonButters at AOL.COM>
Sent: Friday, November 10, 2000 10:38 PM
Subject: pronunciation of ALCOHOLIC

> I have been making notes every time I hear the word ALCOHOLIC pronounced,
> 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
> [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
> do not seem to notice that they lack it, and those who listen to them
> 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?

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