YAEPT/USAGE Re: NATLANG: Interdental /l/ - in ENGLISH
|From:||David Peterson <thatbluecat@...>|
|Date:||Monday, June 21, 2004, 4:57|
<<I'd have to see it
to believe it. It seems very awkward to produce, esp. in the cited phrase
"law school" which surely calls for the velarized [l] in most dialects!!>>
It can still be velarized--I'm doin' it right now. ;) Just get your velum
Don't move your tongue up to your velum--lower your velum to your tongue.
Make it work!
This, however, sounds utterly (and I don't use that word often) impossible:
(from the original post from th Linguist List)
originally from Northern California, now of the University of Michigan
reported having an interdental pharyngealised syllabic /l/ in words
where an alveolar precedes the /l/ like in 'funnel' and 'huddle'.>>
I mean, it would have to be literally, physically impossible unless both the
flap and the nasal were also interdental. Otherwise, how could you get your
tongue from your alveolar ridge to suddenly in between your teeth with
no sound intervening?
<<I'm aquainted with interdental /l/ (and interdental /T/) from two sourches;>
I don't think it's as uncommon as you pointed out. I'd like to sugges that
actually has a constrast between a voiced alveolar stop and a voiced
stop. This is based on the fact that many speakers have lost the
fricativeness of [D],
especially in "the". However, it's not "da", like so many gangsters are
producing, but a truly interdental [d], which is why it doesn't sound
strange. As for
me, I think I have total free variation between three types of /l/'s:
(1) The "normal" /l/ (velarized, tongue at the alveolar ridge)
(2) Interdental /l/
(3) Velar (?) /l/
The third of these sees the tip of my tongue touching the gum behind my
teeth. At the most, my tongue *body* makes a movement towards my alveolar
ridge, and not the tip.
As for the likelihood of (2), my first idea was when you make that
(how else to explain it...?). For example, imagine a 16 year-old girl who
has her first
boyfriend, but who's trying to hide it from her parents. Her eight year-old
however, spies them holding hands, and says something like, "Oo-ooh!
*looooove*!", and then makes kissing noises (and then gets pounded by her
sister). That's where I thought interdental /l/ was most likely to appear
a longer vowel, and the vowel quality changing somehow. Oh! Becoming more
central. Maybe an unrounded, close-mid, central vowel? Maybe even
ever, just speaking, reading things aloud, I noticed my tongue tip flitting
about, as if
it were trying to escape... So it could be more common, and just more
in people like Britney Spears and Reese Weatherspoon, whose faces are
movie screens or being focused upon by cameras (or, we'd hope their faces,
"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."