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Query Details

Query Subject:   Phonology: American English Flap
Author:   Jorge Guitart
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   Can anybody tell me why the classic A Pronouncing Dictionary of American
English by Kenyon and Knott--I have the 4th edition (1953)--does not
recognize the existence of the American English Flap? (AEF). The AEF is
not listed among the sounds of American English and all words with
intervocalic /t/ and /d/ (e.g., petal, pedal, writer, rider, etc.) are
transcribed as being pronounced with [t] and [d] respectively.

Incidentally, the standard dictionary I use, The American Heritage
Dictionary of the English Language (Houghton Mifflin 1992) does not
recognize the existence of the AEF either.

Is there a contemporary pronouncing dictionary of AE that recognizes
that /t/ and /d/ are flapped where they are?

Jorge Guitart
SUNY Buffalo
LL Issue: 11.94
Date posted: 18-Jan-2000


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