Pronunciation question (from L. Urdang)

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed May 30 14:27:16 UTC 2007

I would venture that in normal conversation the ending "t" of many words,
such as "didn't" are glottalized more often than pronounced; even such words
as "what" or "that".

In truespel book 3 I recognize that as a secondary pronunciation of many
words that end in letter "t".  Is there any other dictionary that does so?
A friend of mine in VA is a distinct pronouncer of ending "t", and it
actually sticks out as a bit different than usual.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
See - and the 4  truespel books plus "Occasional Poems" at

>From: James Harbeck <jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA>
>Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Pronunciation question (from L. Urdang)
>Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 22:12:40 -0400
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>Poster:       James Harbeck <jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA>
>Subject:      Re: Pronunciation question (from L. Urdang)
> >As an undergrad way back in 1971 I was taught to use the schwa + n
> >in transcribing "didn't," etc. In grad school I learned about the
> >syllabic "dotted n," which makes far more sense.
>I've found it interesting, in my linguistics coursework, how at one
>level you will be taught one thing, and at the next level you will be
>taught that it's wrong -- not just incomplete, but wrong... but if
>you put what's right at the next level for an answer at the first
>level, you get marked wrong. And of course from course to course the
>professors contraduct each other. Here and I had this idea that
>somehow there was some great agreed-on consistency... don't know why
>I would have thought that, given the nature of the subject.
> >   I can't recall hearing anyone actually saying "didunt."  Sounds
> >weird. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure I've heard "didint" used
> >for strong emphasis: "No [Mommy] !  I DIDINT do it!"
>I've heard "dId at nt" maybe once or twice, maybe. "dIdInt" in emphatic
>use seems normal enough to me. The most interesting version was a
>BE-styled emphatic from a character in an episode of _Law & Order_:
>"dI'Int" (apostrophe for glottal stop). Is this being heard much by
>those who listen in those circles? It's foreign to me.
>James Harbeck.
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