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Query:   Revised - American /t/
Author:  Dan Faulkner
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonetics

Summary:   Dear Linguist

There were a couple of inaccuracies in the references provided in my
summary. Thanks to Marc Picard for correcting them, and for the new

"The book written by Ann Cook is:

American accent training : a guide to speaking and pronouncing colloquial
Ann Cook ; illustrated by Holly Forsyth.
New York : Barron's, c1991.
Includes index.published by Heinle & Heinle.

*Pronouncing American English* was written by Gertrude F. Orion, and the
second edition has just been published by Mass Market Paperback.

Picard, M, "English Flapping and the feature [vibrant]" was published in
the journal *English Language and Linguistics* 1 (2):285-294 (1997).

"Avery & Ehrlich's *Teaching American English Pronunciation*, is available
at <http://www.amazon.co.uk

Dan Faulkner

LL Issue: 10.51
Date Posted: 12-Jan-1999
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