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11.22: How Do You Spell [l]?

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

How Do You Spell [l]?

1. You can hear the sound [l] at the beginning and end of the word lull. Underline the letters that spell [l] in each of the following words:

& \text{abi\underline{l}ity} && \text{symbo\underline{l}} && \text{ferti\underline{l}izer} && \text{\underline{l}ieutenant} \\& \text{wrink\underline{l}e} && \text{bung\underline{l}e} && \text{regu\underline{l}ar} && \text{nationa\underline{l}} \\& \text{free\underline{l}y} && \text{cathedra\underline{l}} && \text{gui\underline{l}ty} && \text{\underline{l}eisure} \\& \text{annihi\underline{l}ate} && \text{de\underline{l}egate} && \text{horrib\underline{l}e} && \text{ angri\underline{l}y} \\& \text{awhi\underline{l}e} && \text{e\underline{l}aborate} && \text{jung\underline{l}e} && \text{\underline{l}eague}

2. Now sort the twenty words into these three groups:

Words with [l]. . .
in the front in the middle at the end
lieutenant ability wrinkle
leisure freely awhile
league annihilate symbol
delegate bungle
elaborate cathedral
fertilizer horrible
regular jungle
guilty national

3. How is [l] spelled in all of these words? <l>. More than nine times out of ten [l] is spelled this way!

Word Squares. This squares contains the following twelve words, each of which contains the sound [l] spelled <l>. We've shown you where the <l>'s go in the words:

& \text{6 Letters:} && \text{7 Letters:} && \text{8 Letters:} && \text{10 Letters:} \\& \text{awhile} && \text{ability} && \text{horrible} && \text{annihilate} \\& \text{bungle} && \text{angrily} && \text{national} && \text{lieutenant} \\& \text{jungle} && \text{wrinkle} \\& \text{league} && \text{symbol}

Teaching Notes.

The sounds [l] and [r], called liquids, are closely related. Complications exist for the vowel sounds preceding [l] much as they do for those preceding [r]. Thus, we get long <o> in roll with VCC, and we get short <o> in hall but short <\mathrm{a}> in hallow, complications with which the students will work in upcoming lessons. For more on the liquids, see AES, p. 439. For more on the spellings of [l], see AES, pp. 439-47.

Word Squares. Notice that jungle and bungle are interchangeable.

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