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    How to articulate the syllabic L

    Dear phoneticians and phonologists.


    I learned (that) the syllabic N is articulated by letting the toungue fixed in the alveolar ridge and then making a glottal stop sound.

    I would like to know how the syllabic L as in BOTTLE, LITTLE, HUSTLE, BUSTLE, GOOGLE, MUDDLE, PUDDLE and so forth must be articulated?


    Your assistance and insight will be deeply appreciated.

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    Re: How to articulate the syllabic L

    I nave never heard the tiniest hint of a glottal stop after the ordinary N. It's only there when there's an apostrophe after the N.
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    Re: How to articulate the syllabic L

    Thanks for answering Probus.

    I'm not referring to an ordinary N, just as in CAN or WHEN; otherwise, I rather mean to a syllabic N as in COTTON /ˈkɒtn/ and BUTTON /ˈbʌtn/ in which the Schwa sound (ə) in /ˈkɒtən/ and /ˈbʌtən/is not articulated because the vowel sound is taken by the syllabic N as shown in the first phonimic representation.

    But my interest is not about the syllabic N, it's about the syllabic L as shown in my thread in the words BOTTLE
    /ˈbɒtl/ HUSTLE /hʌsl/ MUDDLE /ˈmʌdl/


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    Re: How to articulate the syllabic L

    I pronounce these words (as does everyone I know) with a schwa before the 'l', as if bottle were spelt bottel.

    The phonetic transcription of them, as far as I'm concerned, should be /ˈbɒt(ə)l/, /ˈhʌs(ə)l/ and /ˈmʌd(ə)l/.

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    Re: How to articulate the syllabic L

    Thank you Roman55

    Do you know the reason why the Schwa sound (ə) is in parenthesis?

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    Re: How to articulate the syllabic L

    It's because there is a sound there, but it is almost entirely swallowed.
    I have seen it without the brackets too, like this /ˈbɒtl/. I think it is a matter of convention.

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