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How do I read the following sentences (especially in conversational speech)?

The dog'll eat the bones.
Tom'll go to school.
Anna'll come tomorrow.

I mean the sound of 'll.

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That'll depend. No canonical answer exists. –  Kris May 1 '12 at 10:31
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Phonetically, it's /əl/, rhyming approximately with cupful.

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... after a consonant sound, I would add. In Anna'll, Sarah'll, Limbaugh'll, the schwa is dropped. (Or rather, it is added in all other cases, as a kind of external sandhi.) –  RegDwigнt May 1 '12 at 8:56
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@RegDwightΒВBẞ8 - not in my speech it isn't. I would definitely pronounce a schwa (albeit a very short one) in Anna'll and the others. And although I am neither British nor American, I am a native speaker of English. –  user16269 May 1 '12 at 9:12
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I (an American) would keep the /ə/ after a vowel. After /ə/ (as in Anna or Sarah), I don't think I'd use the contraction at all but say will. –  Peter Shor May 1 '12 at 9:36
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In particular it's a "dark l" (in those English dialects that have dark l). –  Mark Beadles May 1 '12 at 12:15
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In American English dialects I'm familiar with, postvocalic /l/ is always velarized ("dark"), while prevocalic /l/ is not ("light"). After a consonant, the contraction -'ll is certainly /əl/, but after a final unstressed vowel, there's generally some marking of length -- a shortened epenthetic /ə/ or a lengthened final vowel -- to mark the lost syllabicity of the contracted modal. Final high vowels can generate onset diphthongs: Mary'll /'mɛrijəl/, who'll /'huwəl/ or /huəl/ or /hu:l/. –  John Lawler May 1 '12 at 16:24
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