a as in all

all

bald

ball

call

fall

gall

hall

pall

small

smalt

squall

stall

tall

thrall

wall

almighty

almost

already

also

always

appal

Balkan

basalt

Bengal

Calder

Calwell

enthral

falsetto

Galway

install

Montreal

Myall

palsy

stalwart

water

walnut

Walton

 

 

3 thoughts on “a as in all

    1. alison Post author

      Hi Natalie, the vowel-like sound “l” affects the pronunciation of quite a few vowels, probably in the olden days the vowels in these words were pronounced more like the “a” in “cat”, but over time they changed. You can find out a lot about the Great Vowel Shift which messed up our vowel spellings from the last couple of episodes of the History of English podcast.

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