Southern Implosives--a myth?

A. Vine avine at ENG.SUN.COM
Mon Jan 31 18:51:45 UTC 2000

RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
> My local phonetician/Southern dialect specialist writes:
> <<I don't think there's any truth to the Southern implosive theory.
> At least, I've never heard a Southern stop that sounded especially
> implosive.>>
> No scientist wants to say "never" without exhaustively examining the topic,
> however. Does anyone have any good-quality recordings that might be used to
> confirm or disconfirm the implosive hypothesis?

If I understood the description correctly, I hear implosives in the word "boy"
in a sort of Southern cop disciplinary tone.  But I may have the description

Andrea Vine, avine at, Sun-Netscape Alliance i18n architect
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