postvocalic /l/ intrusion

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Apr 7 16:58:46 UTC 2009

My little grandson, a studious kindergartner, likes to spell out certain words in sentences that he utters ("Can I give this bone to the d-o-g?").  Yesterday he was puttering in the yard, and he came to ask me, "Where do you keep the s-a-l"?  A follow-up query confirmed that he meant "saw."

(I have very adorable grandchildren.)


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