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    While I was listening to BBC radio, stop voiceless /k/ in the word acknowledge was pronounced as if it were stop voiced /g/. I have checked out some dictionaries and replied:

    Heinle's Newbury House Dictionary of American English
    acknowledge verb - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online
    Definition of acknowledge (British & World English)
    Acknowledge | Define Acknowledge at Dictionary.com

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    Default Re: "acknowledge"

    In connected speech, many sounds can change. Dictionary pronunciations are normally given for the word in isolation, with differences among\between the variants.

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    Default Re: "acknowledge"

    It's convenient to think of nasalization in digital terms (it's either on or off), but in reality it's an analogue thing - the nasal flap works on a continuum between fully open and fully closed; and /n/ (in normal speech, though not in a whisper) is voiced. The speaker of /Šk'nɒlɪʤd/ turns on the voicing of the /n/ in a way that can affect the lack of voicing in /k/

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