Back in my second year of Americorps, some of our teammates were making fun of myself and C-Rae-sy for the oft-times perplexing way we said certain words. Keep in mind that I am from Mississippi and that C-Rae-sy is from Arkansas. Our teammates got a big kick out of the way we said words that happened to have an L in the middle, following a vowel.
Although our states are not immediate neighbors, and our Southern accents are not identical, C-Rae-sy and I both pronounced these types of words the same. We tended to drop the mid-point L out, like so:
Gulf: Guff (as in Guffa Mexico)
Calm: Cahm (actually, the vowels elongate to the point where it can sound like Cahomb).
The major exception I make to this is ‘Milk’, which has an L, even if its very short. However, C-Rae-sy pronounces it as Meeyuk!
Is this a known phenomenon of Southern accents? Do only some Southern accents do this or most or all? Is this a feature of non-Southern English language dialects?