Friday, June 13, 2008

Mall [sic] Perplexing Headlines

These two headlines, from a recent Great Singapore Sale ’08 special, will probably have you scratching your head if you pronounce your /l/s at the end of syllables.
For many Singaporeans, however, mall rhymes with more — this is because syllable-final dark /l/ is liable to become a vowel (i.e. it is ‘vocalized’) or be deleted altogether.

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