Flapping after /l/

Anne Lambert annelamb at GNV.FDT.NET
Sun Feb 27 00:26:35 UTC 2000

I have just tested myself and do flap after both /d/ and /l/.

"Aaron E. Drews" wrote:

> Hello all,
> Some weeks ago, I asked about flapping in "but hoped".  I appreciate the
> responses.  My native instincts are a bit skewed.
> Now, I have another question about flapping.  I ask you because there
> isn't much detailed literature out there about the whole phenomenon.
> Some of you and some Americans in general can flap after /l/. So in words
> like _alter_ and _molting_ there's a flap.  I don't, and I don't think I
> ever did, even before coming to Britain.  I know that this is a variable
> feature across north America.
> Do those of you that do flap after /l/, do you also flap /d/ after /l/?
> So that _alter_ and _alder_, _molting_ and _molding_ are homophonous?  The
> distinction between /t/ and /d/ is lost elsewhere, e.g. The injured lamb
> was [bliDing] (Oswald 1943 (AS 18)); The man was [h at rDing] the sheep.
> Is the distinction lost after /l/, too?  Or, does [d] have a longer
> articulation than voiced [t] after /l/?
> I'd appreciate any insights.
> Thank you,
> Aaron
> ________________________________________________________________________
> Aaron E. Drews                               The University of Edinburgh
> aaron at ling.ed.ac.uk                  Departments of English Language and
> http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron       Theoretical & Applied  Linguistics
>         --Death

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