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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! Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "All grammars leak." -Edward Sapir