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Eek! YAEPT! [Re: English /T/]

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Saturday, August 28, 2004, 15:20
On Sat, Aug 28, 2004 at 04:04:47PM +0100, Joe wrote:
> >IIRC . . . When I was in college, one of my linguistics professors (William > >Labov), mentioned that for most speakers of American English, the /T/ > >phoneme > >is generally not pronounced as an interdental -- the tongue doesn't > >actually > >protrude between the teeth. (He mentioned that most black Americans do > >have an > >interdental.)
Well, I'm a white American and my [T] and [D] are definitely interdental. I'd concede it could be "postdental as modified by overbite", except that parts of the tongue extend past the upper teeth, too. :) -Marcos