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Re: OT: YAEPT: English low vowels (was briefly: Re: Y/N variants (< OT: English a...

Date:Friday, December 14, 2007, 5:31
> [] On Behalf Of Daniel
> I think I've heard some North American English speakers > pronounce the [l] in > <palm> and <calm>. Can anyone confirm this? Is this a reading > pronunciation?
Yes, it's true. My own speech does this but there is a wide variation depending on how fast, or how casual the speech is. The /l/ may darken, or even drop. The big exception in this class that doesn't seem to be affected is "talk" which is [tAk] in my 'lect, and I know of nobody that pronounces the <l>.