Eyjafjallajokull from an icelander

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 22 19:20:57 UTC 2010

Yes, you're right.  I did an anlysis of letter "t" for the last ADS meeting but couldn't make it.  They have the paper.  It shows that letter "t" is often glottalized or spoken as "d" in USA and UK as well.

The VOA "intermediate English dictionary" gave me permission to attach a truespel pronunciation guide.  In it I give alternative pronunciations where "d" and glottal stop are often used.  I suggest all dictionaries do this.

Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
see truespel.com phonetic spelling

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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: Victor Steinbok
> Subject: Re: Eyjafjallajokull from an icelander
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> Without suggesting error, I would like an explanation of bottle,
> throttle, mettle, cattle, settle, kettle, little, mantle, subtle and
> boot-licker, antler, ant-lion--and, for good measure, metal, petal,
> portal. US might be closer to [d] in most of these (not boot-licker,
> antler, ant-lion or mantle, and no US variant for little, for some
> reason), but OED says [t] for British. And mantle, little and subtle
> have both schwa and non-schwa variants.
> VS-)
> On 4/22/2010 11:48 AM, Geoffrey Nathan wrote:
>> ... Since the combination of t-l is impossible in English, native speakers find it hard to deal with, especially at the beginning or ending of a word.
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