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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 [4]) 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 [4]. 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 than [@l]. -Mark