Silent double-L?

Alison Murie sagehen7470 at ATT.NET
Fri May 21 17:48:30 UTC 2010

On May 20, 2010, at 8:52 PM, Joel S. Berson wrote:

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> At 5/20/2010 01:23 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
>> I wouldn't call that silent, though. In such words, double-L is
>> pronounced [y], i.e., [pai-yard], not [pai-ard]. Lack of lateral
>> articulation doesn't mean the L is silent.
> Silent enough for government work.  My friend who asks is teaching
> ESL, and has some Asian students with L and R difficulties.  So a Y
> sound would qualify as a silent L.  (Perhaps I should have noted that
> originally.)
> From the lack of examples, I infer that it exists in English only in
> (a very few?) words taken from French.
> Joel
And Spanish, if the Y sound qualifies: e.g., llama.

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