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    Question When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    Hello All,

    When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?
    Is there any constant or fixed rules for this pronunciation?
    I have not yet found any fixed-rule for these pronunciation.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    I believe t turning into a d sound occurs more frequently with th than t.

    For the word "the", the th is changed to a d sound /­/ which is slightly different than /d/.

    The occurrence of a t changing into a d sound occurs more frequently at the end of the past tense of some words like "spiked".

    Perhaps it would help if you gave an example of a word you are thinking about where t changes to a d sound.

    Percy
    Last edited by PHenry1026; 01-Jun-2014 at 01:53.

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    Default Re: When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    Thanks for your reply.
    little , poverty ,activity,better,...

    /ˈlɪl/ ,/ˈpɑvəri/ ,/Škˈtɪvəi/ ,/ˈbɛər/,...

    lidle,paverdy,actividy,beder,...

    Is there constant rules for these pronunciation?


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    Default Re: When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    This is an alveolar tap /ɾ/ rather than a /d/. Yes, they sound similar.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alveolar_flap
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flap_consonant

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    Default Re: When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    I have get nothing from the link that you put.

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    Default Re: When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    When the t is between vowel sounds it's often pronounced as a d.

    Metal and medal sound the same unless the person is really enunciating. As a child, I though "congradulations" was the spelling because that's how it sounds.

    Some regions do it more. Some less. In Philadelphia, they drink "wudder" and after 10 years here, it still sounds strange to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by nininaz View Post
    I have get nothing from the link that you put.
    That's unfortunate, but it merely means you'll have to look up "alveolar flap linguistics" in your own language. But you know what it's called now, so you should have no trouble getting information about it.

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    Default Re: When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When the t is between vowel sounds it's often pronounced as a d.

    Thanks so much for your great reply.It was so helpful.
    But in 'little' , 't' is not between two vowel sound, It is between 'i' and 'l'. and what about 'material'?



    Thanks.
    Last edited by nininaz; 28-Apr-2014 at 15:11.

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    Default Re: When does 't' pronounce 'd' in AmE accent?

    Greetings,

    You may also find the following brief discussion of Syllabic Consonants helpful:

    http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/conta.../syllabic.html

    Percy
    Last edited by PHenry1026; 01-Jun-2014 at 01:54.

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