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

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 5 03:24:36 UTC 2009

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"t" deletion is rampant.  Take your sentence "I though(t) perhaps i(t) was =
going to be abou(t) deletion in some environments."  Say a full "t" there a=
nd it sounds funny=2C like Starman (remember that movie).  We dele(t)e endi=
ng t's more often than no(t).

Tom Zurinskas=2C USA - CT20=2C TN3=2C NJ33=2C FL7+
see phonetic spelling

> Date: Wed=2C 4 Nov 2009 19:28:47 -0500
> From: jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
> Subject: Re: FYI: linguistics in the news: case of the missing "t"
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> I thought perhaps it wsa going to be about actual
> [t] deletion in some environments=2C which I
> observe occasionally in my area and my own
> dialect. It's a limited set of environments=2C
> certainly (although Canadians glottalize /t/
> almost universally before nasals and very often
> word finally too)=2C but it can be a syllable onset
> after a nasal=2C e.g.=2C "center" [sEn at r]=2C and in
> some environments where a glottal stop or a flap
> would be more usual=2C for instance near a liquid
> ("Saturday" [s=E6:rde]) -- most of the time=2C I
> think=2C with a minimal but nonzero movement of the
> tongue tip.
> I know that this is hardly the first place or
> time for this to happen in English. But I have
> been noticing it a bit more of late. I don't have
> actual data to prove a trend=2C though.
> Those supposedly new glottalizing pronunciations
> in Utah were certainly standard in Alberta 25
> years ago already. I suspect they're not all that
> new in Utah either...
> James Harbeck.
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