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Re: Voicing of English coda stops

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Saturday, December 15, 2007, 18:26
--- Mark Jones <markjjones@...> wrote:

> Dear Geijss, >
> > I'm not sure what Gary Shannon means when he says you can't prolong the > closure of a voiceless /t/ - of course you can, ask an Italian or Finn to say > fatto 'fact' or katto 'roof'! The closure of a /t/ is actually longer than > the closure of a /d/ generally, which may be driven by the fact that voicing > during full closure of the vocal tract is difficult without special measures. > This is because you're trying to vibrate the vocal folds by forcing air > through them, but the closed vocal tract above the glottis results in a rapid > equalisation of pressure above and below and a rapid cessation of the > airflow.
<snip> I should have been clearer in my intent. The prolonged 't' is necessarily utterly silent. I meant to say you cannot prolong the _sound_ of 't' before it is released. On the other hand, you can prolong the _sound_ of 'd' before it is released. --gary