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In several cases "l" is silent, and in some cases it modifies the sound of the previous vowel.
- "al" as /ɔː/: talk - walk
- "al" as /ɑː/: almond - balm - palm - psalm
- "al" as /ɑː/BrE or /æ/:AmE calf - half
- "al" as /æ/: salmon /ˈsæmən/ but salmonella /ˌsælməˈnelə/
- "ol" as /əʊ/: folklore - Sherlock Holmes - Stockholm /ˈstɒk həʊm, ˈstɒk həʊlm/
- "ol" as /ə/: Lincoln. cf. Linkin Park
- "oul" as /ʊ/: could - should - would
Normally "ll" represents /l/, as in will, really, follow.
"ll" as /ll/ in two different syllables
- wholly /ˈhəʊlli, ˈhəʊli/
- goalless - soulless - wheelless
- colonel /ˈkɜːrnəl/
- tortilla /tɔːrˈtiːə/
- colonel - kernel
- In General American: balm - bomb