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Re: YAEPT: Characterising English /l/s (was: Re: Alborgian/ Borgi)

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Friday, May 30, 2008, 22:16
On May 28, 2008, at 11:33 PM, Tristan McLeay wrote:
> Eric Christopherson wrote: >> I have never really been able to perceive the difference in my own >> speech or in that of most other Americans. However, there are some >> people who have a very "dark"-sounding /l/, which actually sounds >> like me more like a velar approximant; whether it's lateral or >> central I'm not sure. Tom Brokaw is the best example I can think of, >> and I think fellow newsman Robert Bezell too maybe.
It turns out I was wrong about Robert Bezell, I think. I believe what confused me was that Tom Brokaw often says his name, and it ends in / l/. The other media person I can think of with a really dark /l/ is Ira Glass, of the public radio show This American Life. He even renders the /n/ in "This American Life" as [N], no doubt under the influence of the following /l/.
>> >> Does anyone know exactly how to characterize their /l/? > > [snip Tristan's description]
Actually, I was just asking about Brokaw and Glass (although I conflated the latter with Bezell), but your description was very interesting nonetheless.


Ph. D. <phil@...>