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Re: Romanized Orthography of My Conlang

From:Thomas Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, October 31, 1999, 18:59
Nik Taylor wrote:

> > I remember > > the discussion long ago about how English final unvoiced consonants (in some > > dialects at least) seem to have no release > > Well, it seems to be free variation with slight release, /k&t/ can be > either [k_h&t*] (where * represents no release) or [k_h&t], with a > slight release. If emphasized, [k_h&t_h] with definite aspiration.
For me, word-final stops are generally not released, but I think more commonly something like sandhi operates, so that "The cat isn't asleep" turns out something like [D@ k_h&r* Idn=t @slip], where [r*] is the something similar to the voiced tap.
> > While I'm on the > > subject, I've also theorized that the so-called voiced t in words like > > <little> might be [t_}], but I'm not sure. > > For me, that's definitely an alveolar tap, like Spanish {r}, and I think > that's the way it is in most American dialects.
Hmm... I'd agree with you, except that that allophone for me is articulated farther forward in the mouth than what I normally associate with the Spanish <r> (from my meager experience via TV and the cleaning ladies and such... <sigh>). Not quite dental, however.