Why isn't the consonant л pronounced in "солнце" ( it is pronounced ['sont͡sə]] instead of [ˈsolnt͡sə] ) ? Is that a result of a pronunciation rule or is it an exception?
The only words in Russian ending by
олнц are derivatives from "солнце". In all the rest of the words with
олн + vowel
л is alway pronounced. I'm aware only of two words with
олн + consonant, that are:
- чолнт - л is pronounced in this word.
- Солнзас (or Солнзап) - it's a river and as far as I know
лis pronounced there.
So yes, that's an exception. But, strictly speaking, statement "in all Russian words with 'олнц'
л is always omitted" will be valid.
As a side-note - there are quite a lot of words where one should memorize the Russian pronunciation - in
д is mute, in
т is mute, in
в is mute. I can go on for a while - it's not as crazy as in English - but still. Here's a link that might be useful for you.
л is not omitted from солнце by everyone. Most do omit it, some do not. Both is correct.