Re: USAGE: Schwa and syllabification
|From:||Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>|
|Date:||Friday, March 12, 2004, 20:01|
On Fri, Mar 12, 2004 at 01:22:18PM -0500, David Peterson wrote:
> If you truly have a schwa in between the "tt" and "l" in "little", then
> there will be a time in between your tongue hitting the alveolar ridge for
> "tt" (which is ) and your tongue hitting the alveolar ridge for "l"
> where your tongue should *not* be touching the alveolar ridge. In my
> case, there is no such time, so I obviously have a syllabic "l".
Yup. In pronouncing the word "little" I basically put my tongue in
position for "l" and it stays there except for a brief release/reattach
for the [I].
I don't think that's necessarily the case with a syllabic pronunciation,
though. In careful pronunciation, I have an actual [t] there instead of
the . Nor is it [t_}]; there's a full release during which my tongue
pops off of the alveolar ridge. But it doesn't stay off for the schwa; it
goes right back for the [l]. So even there I think it's [l=] rather