Ł–l merger

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Ł–l merger (Polish: bylaczenie) is a phonological change in northeastern dialects of Kashubian language, a merger of Ł into L.[1] The Polish-language term is derived from the pronunciation of the words "béł", "bëła" (Polish: "był", "była", English: "was") as "bél", "bëla".[2] The corresponding group of dialects is called gwary bylackie.

The merger is attributed to the historical language contact with Low German being more intensive than with Polish compared to other Kashubian dialects.[1]

'L' may be use as a substitute for a 'dark l' if someone not familiar with English says the word 'model' etc.

The phenomenon is opposite to L-vocalization.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dicky Gilbers; John A. Nerbonne; J. Schaeken (1 January 2000). Languages in Contact. Rodopi. p. 331. ISBN 90-420-1322-2. 
  2. ^ "Dialektologia Polska". Dialektologia.uw.edu.pl. Retrieved 2013-12-31.