[Ads-l] New to me: "deep-seeded"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 18 23:36:02 UTC 2015

> On Jun 18, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> in place of "deep-seated"
> As usual, I'm behind the curve: 320,000 raw G-hits, including an astounding
> number  - i.e. more than one - of pswaydo-etymologies in justification of
> "deep-seeded" as the "proper" form.
> A question arises: is there, in fact, a distinction between [d] and
> "flapped" [t]/?
For me and a lot of others there usually isn't, although sometimes the preceding vowel (especially diphthong as in "writer"/"rider") is distinguished.  For me, there may be a slight tendency to lengthen the vowel of "seeded" beyond that of "seated" but in fast speech I probably wouldn't be consistent in making the distinction (or in hearing it).  


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