IPA phoneme /l/

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look /lʊk/

In English, both in Received Pronunciation and in General American, the IPA phonetic symbol /l/ (lowercase L) corresponds to the initial consonant sound in words like "look" and "last" and the final one in "school" and "girl".

In Estuary English /l/ in final position is a vowel. For example milk is pronounced [mɪok] and middle is [ˈmɪdo].

Common words

Initial pronunciation of /l/:

  • large - last - let - life - like - live - long - lot - look - love

Final pronunciation of /l/:

  • As "l": control - feel - level - school - total - travel - until
  • As "ll": all - call - small - still - tell - well - will

Anticipated pronunciation difficulties depending on L1

Preconceived ideas and other interferences from L1 obviously interfere in many cases with how students perceive - and pronounce - sounds/words in English. The following section aims to point out some of the most typical difficulties teachers and students may encounter regarding pronunciation.


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