THE CONSONANT "L"

/l/

SOURCE: Germanic */l/

Voiced alveolar lateral

The consonant /l/ has been stable from OE through PDE.

CONSONANT
OE /l/
ME /l/
EME /l/
PDE /l/
SPELLING
l
l, ll
l, ll
l, ll
EXAMPLE
lic
like
like
like

SOUND

CHANGES AFFECTING /l/

ME /l/

Loss in consonant clusters

EME /l/

Loss after low back vowels and before labial or velar consonants

Spelling pronunciation in loanwords