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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 5 01:04:53 UTC 2009

At 8:43 PM -0500 11/4/09, James Harbeck wrote:
>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.
We had a substantial thread on that a couple of years ago that should
be in the archives.  It's actually standard usage in the relevant
dialect and picked up widely by others.


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