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Title: New perspectives on an ol' variable: (t,d) in British
Author: Sali A Tagliamonte
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Institution: University of Toronto
Author: Rosalind Temple
Institution: University of York
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Abstract: A quantitative analysis of -t,-d deletion in contemporary British English reveals that preceding and following phonological contexts are significant, indicating that there is a universal constraint on -t,-d deletion consistent with universal
phonetic and phonological properties of segments. However, in contrast to previous research, morphological class is not significant. Furthermore, our results do not support the hypothesis that -t,-d deletion is a variable rule that applies both lexically and postlexically. In sum, -t,-d deletion is a robust phenomenon in contemporary British English, but there are striking differences between British and North American varieties. Such differences suggest that -t,-d deletion is an ideal case study for further investigation of the phonology-phonetics interface, and adds to the available evidence from which an explanatory account of -t,-d deletion can be constructed.

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This article appears IN Language Variation and Change Vol. 17, Issue 3.

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