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Query:   OFTEN pronounced with t
Author:  Neal R Norrick
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Phonetics
Phonology

Summary:   MANY THANKS FOR ALL THE RESPONSES (R VIREDAZ, DONN BAYARD, DOM WATT,
LINDA COLEMAN, JOHN REIGHARD, SUSAN M. FITZMAURICE, ROY COCHRUN, AUREN
MAX, ROBERT PAPEN, NAOMI NAGY, MARC PICARD, CORNELIA GERHARDT, LAURIE
BAUER, GEOFFREY SAMPSON, IAN TUPPER).

LIST PARTICIPANTS REPORT OFTEN PRONOUNCED WITH T IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND,
CANADA, NEW ZEALAND AND THE US. IT'S INTERESTING AS A SPELLING
PRONUNCIATION, PREFERRED BY SOME SPEAKERS, DISPREFERRED BY OTHERS. THOUGH
THE T-FULL PRONUNCIATION IS APPARENTLY ON THE INCREASE IN VARIOUS PLACES,
IT'S NOT ASSOCIATED WITH A SINGLE GROUP ANYWHERE. SEVERAL RESPONSES NOTED
BELOW REPORT WORK-IN-PROGRESS ON THE PHENOMENON.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND:

WELLS' LONGMAN PRONOUNCING DICTIONARY LISTS BOTH T-LESS PRONUNCIATIONS, AND
A T-FULL PRONUNCIATIONS WITH T@N AS THE SECOND SYLLABLE, WHERE @ STANDS FOR
SCHWA. THIS IS THE PRONUNCIATION I INTENDED IN CALLING THE T ASPIRATED (I
SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN, AND I WAS DULY REMINDED, THAT THIS T, LIKE OTHER
VOICELESS STOPS IN ONSETS OF UNSTRESSED SYLLABLES, IS ONLY WEAKLY
ASPIRATED, AND, HENCE, COUNTS AS UNASPIRATED FOR PHONETICIANS WHO REQUIRE A
SPECIFIC THRESHOLD VALUE ON THE SCALE). WELLS REPORTS THAT

LL Issue: 10.1666
Date Posted: 03-Nov-1999
Original Query: Read original query