Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

Fiow the bo''ow with miowk, please!

I used to think that I didn't have L-vocalisation, but now I'm not so sure.

I still think that a dark L with nothing after it is an L for me (e.g. "still, fill"), though there might be a hint of a back rounded vowel before—but if another consonant follows it, I'm not sure how much of the L-ness is left, so "milk" can sound like "mioke" or "miwk", and "volt" and "vote" sound nearly the same to me when I say them if I'm not careful.

Amy has L-vocalisation in some cases, and at first I thought this was her attempt to map "dark L" into the phonemes of German, but now I'm wondering whether she isn't simply copying a pronunciation of mine that I wasn't aware of...

Also reminds me of Slavic pasts, which have e.g. -l -la -lo in Russian but -ł -ła -ło in Polish. And Croatian just goes ahead and flat-out spells the masculine form with -o (e.g. "bio").

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