Re: mutation and rinya
|From:||dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>|
|Date:||Monday, August 9, 1999, 16:41|
On Mon, 9 Aug 1999, John Cowan wrote:
> dirk elzinga wrote:
> > American English flapping is an
> > example of this; /t/ and /d/, when following a stressed vowel and
> > preceding a stressless vowel are pronounced as flaps.
> This is overly restrictive, at least for me: I pronounce
> "What are they?" as [w@*'ARDej], where * = flap, R =
> bunched approximant.
Yeah, you're right. There is still some discussion on the precise
statement of the American English flapping rule. The description I gave
above wasn't intended to be definitive, but only to give an example of a
lenition process which would be familiar to many on the list. Still, I
didn't expect to find an instance of flapping which was so obviously
missed by that description!
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