[LMB] OT: More words that I HATE!!

J Woodruff profjenn12 at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 21:58:11 BST 2020

I'm almost 50 years old and this is the first I've heard of not pronouncing
the L in almond. I do it (raised in the American Midwest) and so does my
husband (raised in Staffordshire and then in the American South.)


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On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 1:32 PM Katherine Collett <kcollett at hamilton.edu>

> On Sep 23, 2020, at 11:31 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> >
> > In standard British English, 'talk' and 'torque' are usually homophones.
> > So the 'l' is not sounded as explicitly as "tall-k" would suggest, but
> > it does modify the sound, otherwise it would be a homophone with "tack".
> Right, but I don't think anyone is saying that they pronounce talk as if
> it's spelled tak.  The "l" certainly affects the sound, which comes out for
> me like tawk.  My British husband does indeed pronounce talk and torque as
> homophones, without either l or r pronounced, but affecting the preceding
> vowel.  That's a non-rhotic r, but what the l does is described as
> l-vocalization, it looks like (
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-vocalization).
> There are also words like "almond", in which I pronounced the l when I was
> a child, probably because of reading it more than hearing it, but then
> learned not to from the pronunciations of the adults around me.
> Katherine (grew up in Massachusetts, parents from midwest and far west,
> various stints in the UK)

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