Re: [ADS-L] Pronunciation question (from L. Urdang)

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue May 29 17:00:41 UTC 2007

Ron (whose students also say Dook University), you have captured my (~Southern) pronunciation of "didn't" pretty well--except I may not always have the final [t].


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>In a message dated 5/29/07 10:23:17 AM, t-irons at MOREHEAD-ST.EDU writes:
>> I have noticed the change in the pronunciation of the contracted n't
>> at the end of aux verbs among especially younger speakers but had not
>> been able to figure out exactly what the change is.=A0 I think he has it
>> right.=A0 What is something like a syllabic /n/ for me has evolved into
>> a full schwa.
>No one has mentioned that "didn't" has often been pronunced with a glottal=20
>stop allophone of the /d/. My sense is that I am hearing this less among the=
>young, with an unvoiced /d/ instead. I wonder if this is what Larry is notic=
>Also, I don't hear a schwa so much as a barred-I. So what I am hearing is=20
>[dItInt] (unaspirated [t])
>rather than=20
>Of course, I am in the South (but the majority of my students) are not. By=20
>the way, they don't say
>[studIns} or [stju?ns] only [studns].
>It is perhaps worth pointing out that "Oh no you didn't!" is a kind of buzz=20
>phrase among the young, patterned (I think) after some television comedy ski=
>pseudo-Puerto-Rican pronunciation.=20
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