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Hi,
I'd like to hear some opinions about the L in American English. The way I see it, the L's in "lee" and "bell" are different, and the L in "belly" is mixed, the first part of that L is like in "bell" and the final part is like in "lee", therefore "bell-lee".
I'll definitely appreciate your opinions, thanks Emotion: smile
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The "l" of "bell" when it ends a word is kind of a "half l" when compared to the initial "l" in "love" which allows the "l" voicing to be completed by going to a vowel. Yet the "l" in the word "bell" also gets completed if the next word starts with a vowel as in "bell of the ballL" Then the "l" kind of moves over to the "o" of "of" in flowing speech, actually sounding like the world "love".

Some folks have a salient "l" such that when they leave the "l" to go to a vowel the tongue flaps downward even to the extent of slapping the lower part of the mouth. Joe Namath, of American football fame, has a salient "l".

See the free phonetic converter at truespel.com for an easy phonetic spelling based on English.

Tom Zurinskas, creator of truespel
The /l/ in belly starts the second syllable so it is not dark/velarized.
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