postvocalic /l/ intrusion

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 7 22:18:19 UTC 2009

He sounds like a little East Texan to me, Charlie. For instance, I
used to pronounce "cow" as "cowl" and "bow" as "bowl(-and-arrow.)." Of
course, i used the normal, monosyllabic pronunciations and not the
disyllabic pronunciations - cow wul, bo wul, coo-wul - commonly heard
in the North in similar phonological environments.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:58 PM, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
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> 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?"). Â Yesterday he was puttering in the yard, and he came to ask me, "Where do you keep the s-a-l"? Â A follow-up query confirmed that he meant "saw."
> (I have very adorable grandchildren.)
> --Charlie
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