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1 The Pronunciation of /l/ Gerber Luca ET’S TALK ABOUT

2 Pronounce these words:  Life  Black  Milk  Alone  Calm  Wales  Long  Apply  Could  Helmet  Golf  Miles  Walk  Ugly  Influence  Albert  Feel  Palm  Field  Illiterate  Spleen  Culture  Half  Legitimate

3 Put them into groups  Milk  Field  Golf  Albert  Culture  Helmet  Feel  Miles  Wales  Life  Long  Legitmate  Black  Ugly  Spleen  Influence  Apply  Illiterate  Alone  Calm  Could  Walk  Palm  Half Clear L Dark LSilent L

4 /l/ Has Two Allophones An allophone is a phonetic variant of a phoneme in a particular language The sound is articulated when air passes over the back of the tongue instead of merely alongside the tip of the tongue. While the back of the tongue is high, the center of the tongue dips lower. The tip of the tongue may point upward, but does not necessarily touch the inside of the mouth. The tip of the tongue is placed against the middle of the tooth ridge. The sound is created when air travels alongside the tip of the tongue, between the front of the tongue and the side teeth.

5 The Hungarian pronunciation of /l/  Láb  Lesz  Lék  Beszél  Pál  Száll  Spiritualitás  Unalom  Álom  Délben Clear L

6  l is pronounced with a velar gesture  dark l  It sounds as if an [o]-like vowel was inserted before it milk / m ɪ o ɫ k / feel / fi:o ɫ /  [ ɫ ] may even disappear  l is replaced by a vowel  L-vocalization Dark L

7 Cockney - Homophones  Sort  Fought  Pause  Water  Salt  Fault  Paul’s  Walter

8 When is /l/ realised as clear?  Life  Long  Legitmate  Black  Ugly  Spleen  Influence  Apply  Illiterate  Alone Before a vowel

9 When is /l/ realised as dark?  Milk  Field  Golf  Albert  Culture  Helmet  Feel  Miles  Wales Before a consonant End of the word

10 Does it really matter?  Dictionaries do not show the difference between clear /l/ and dark /l/ Life/ la ɪ f / Culture / ˈ k ʌ l ʧ ə /

11 Let’s practise  You old fool, they’ll kill you if you always trouble them!  Gerald walked alone till about half past twelve.  People are awfully lazy in the middle of July.

12 ˈ θ æŋk ju ː f ə j ə r ə ˈ t ɛ n ʃ ə n


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