walk, talk /wɑk/, /tɑk/ - silent l, same vowel as wok, tock, cot, and caught (unrounded vowel)
balk, Falkner, caulk are uncommon enough that I'm not sure I have a normal pronunciation (I might have a spelling pronunciation) but I think I'd be inclined to pronounce the l
salt /sɑlt/ - pronounced l
palm, calm /pɑlm/, /kɑlm/ - pronounced l
hurricane - /ˈhɚ.ɪ.keɪn/ (hur i cane)
Eebster the Great wrote:I pronounce words like "walk," "talk," "caulk," etc. with /ɔ/, so /wɔk/, /tɔk/, and /cɔk/. They do not rhyme with "wok" (/wɒk/), "tock" (/tɒk/), and "cock" (/cɒk/).But in many dialects they do rhyme, and that is precisely the caught-cot merger, where /cɔt/ becomes /cɒt/, or both become something intermediate. So for me, even though the l is silent, it still has a phonetic role, like the e in the word "time". For people with the merger, it has no role, like the e in "come".
I'd say the l is still more like the e in time, because otherwise the words would be pronounced like /wæk/, /tæk/ (whack, tack).