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On Tue, 2003-03-25 at 16:16, Roger Mills wrote:
> Not all (actually palatals and dentals are rarest).........
> cull, gull, mull, null, dull, lull, cult, gulf, gulp, skull, bulb, pulp,
> mulct, mulch, pulse
> ultra, sultry, pulley, gully, sully, lullaby, fulminate, culminate,
> refulgent, culprit, culpable, re/im/com/pulsive, inculcate,

Pardon me? You have /U/ for most of those? Wow... American dialects
differ more widely than I thought.

(I have /6/ (my 'cut' vowel) in those that have just a single /l/ and
/O/ (my 'cot' vowel) in those with /l/+a consonant, except pulley
/"puli/ (u=full vowel, not fool vowel, which is phonetically the same
but longer), fulminate /"fulm@%n&it/, culminate
/"k6lm@%n&it/~/"kOlm@%n&it/. 'Inculcate' and 'mulct' I've never heard
before, but at a guess I'd say they had the /O/ vowel. The /l/s may or
may not be realised as [5], [u] or null, depending on various factors.)

Tristan.