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Re: /T/ -> /t_d/?

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 3, 2004, 22:48
Carsten wrote: (quite a while ago...)

> (A) it would be likely that /T/ changes into /t_d/?
Absolutely - it happens in my local dialect of English (an area of Dublin), and throughout Irish dialects. It's very common, though in some places the [t_d] slips to [t], meaning there's little or no distinction between /T/ and /t/. In other places, there's a consistant and wide distinction between the dental and alveolar phonemes. People illustrate these varieties (both types) by saying that so-and-so says "dis da' deez and doze" (for "this that these and those"). The current Taoiseach (Premier), Bertie Ahern, speaks, or used to speak like this. He might have "fixed" it by now - it's considered "incorrect". s. --