linguistics in the news: case of the missing "t"

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Thu Nov 5 01:43:34 UTC 2009

I noted on an episode of _Law and Order_ that one young black
defendent pronounced "didn't" (in an emphatic position) as [dI?Int].
I found that very interesting -- d to glottal stop. Never encountered
by me before. I had the suspicion it was self-consciously done.

James Harbeck.

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