[Ads-l] super-relaxed pronunciations of "pretty"

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 7 14:55:09 UTC 2019

The letter "t" in US English is often spoken as ~d in the middle of words or glottalized (~ ' ) at the end of words (not so much in UK)

The VOA has a public domain Beginner's Dictionary of 1,500 words with no pronunciation guide.  I have added one with truespel phonetics which also shows these alternative pronunciations for "t" .    I believe no other dictionaries recognize this pronunciation fact, which I believe is more prevalent than not for "t" in US speech.  Also, the second half of the dictionary has the phonetic word first.  So you can look up "knee" under the sound ~n  ~nee instead of "k" "knee".  A needed thing I think.

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Tom Zurinskas,
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From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Mark Mandel <markamandel at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: super-relaxed pronunciations of "pretty"

Geoffrey's explanation here is accurate and appropriately thorough. To
elaborate slightly on his PPS: In his examples there, as well as in the
main discussion, the affected sound  also precedes an unaccented syllable.
And though my expertise is no match for his, I believe that this condition
applies in all those "other environments" as well.

On Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 5:52 AM Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at wayne.edu> wrote:

> PPS There are a few other environments where flapping occurs that I have
> omitted, such as ‘capacity’, ‘positive’.
> Geoffrey S. Nathan
> WSU Information Privacy Officer (Retired)
> Emeritus Professor, Linguistics Program
> http://blogs.wayne.edu/proftech/
> geoffnathan at wayne.edu

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