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Re: USAGE: pronouncing "l", "needs washed"

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, December 10, 1999, 19:13
And Rosta wrote:

> Do you have it in ba(u)lk, caulk, stalk too?
I have /bOlk/, but this is clearly a spelling pronunciation of my own. The others are l-less. "Balk" is a technical term in baseball (the action of a pitcher who starts to move his arm to throw the ball, but does not actually throw it, which is illegal); I wonder how it is pronounced within that subculture. Other strange subcultural pronunciations: American criminal lawyers (those who defend criminals, not those who are criminals) say "defendant" and "juror" without vowel reduction: /di 'fEn d&nt/, /'dzu rOr/. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)