Intervocalic Voicing in English
petegray at btinternet.com
Wed Apr 18 07:56:04 UTC 2001
> Intervocalic <-t-, -tt-> in US English is not just voiced,
No, quite right. There are not two, but three differences in English
between /t/ and /d/:
voiceless ~ voiced
aspirated ~ unaspirated
tense ~ lax (I hope I've got those the right way round!)
Intervocalic /t/ can be voiced and unaspirated, but it remains tense,
whereas intervocalic /d/ is lax. Thus some speakers report that they can
hear the difference.
NZ-speak also frequently has this intervocalic voiced /t/, so America and
Ireland are not linguistic isolates!
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