The letter L Watch

jamesmurphy1995
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Do you always touch the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth when pronouncing the letter L?

I have just realised for words like ball, bill, wild my tongue sort of just floats or touches the bottom of my mouth for the L sound.

Also with words like sleep, slow, when i consciously put my tongue behind my top teeth it makes a sort of clinking sound and doesnt feel right. Same with any words that end with an s and the next word starts with an L.

Just a thought.

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(Original post by jamesmurphy1995)
Do you always touch the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth when pronouncing the letter L?

I have just realised for words like ball, bill, wild my tongue sort of just floats or touches the bottom of my mouth for the L sound.

Also with words like sleep, slow, when i consciously put my tongue behind my top teeth it makes a sort of clinking sound and doesnt feel right. Same with any words that end with an s and the next word starts with an L.

Just a thought.

Thanks
Ohmygodd I never noticed that! literaly been sat here for 5 mins just prounouncing all the 'L' words I can think of. An unusual yet interesting thought!:p:H
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The letter L interestingly is very much based on accents.

The standard 'l' sound as in 'sleep' and 'slow' (which is written /l/ in IPA) is known linguistically as the alveolar lateral approximant.

The L as in 'ball', 'wild' and similar words which just 'float to the bottom of the mouth' are understandably usually after vowels, and, I believe, most prominent in southern English accents than the north - it's written /ɫ/.

I don't know if you wanted to know any of that. But hey, it's a fun thing to tell your friends.
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Yup. It's how you make that sound. T is the same point in your mouth, further down your tongue. Th is tongue almost poking between your teeth. S is similar to T. etc etc etc
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So the proper way to say sleep for example is to say the s sound then raise your tongue up to touch behind the top teeth?

Same with words like clear as well?
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