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    Final Consonants

    Hello,
    I am currently preparing for the state final exams. One of the questions in phonetics and phonology is "Final consonants: ways of compensating for the lack of voicing in initial and final position". I dont fully understand what they want from me.

    Could somebody explain or show what are the "ways of compensating"?

    Thank you :)

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    Re: Final Consonants

    What is the question?

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    Re: Final Consonants

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    What is the question?
    The question has been clearly stated. I regret​ that I don't know the answer. As a native speaker, I just do it and have never thought about the mechanism.

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    Re: Final Consonants

    I suppose the question refers to such things as the devoicing of the final voiced consonant when followed by a voiced consonant in such phrases as has to, have to (/z/ /s/, /v//f/). I don't know how we 'compensate' for this.

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    Re: Final Consonants

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I suppose the question refers to such things as the devoicing of the final voiced consonant when followed by a voiced consonant in such phrases as has to, have to (/z/ /s/, /v//f/). I don't know how we 'compensate' for this.

    So I can discuss the different pronunciation of: Plural -s (cats vs dogs /s/ /z/) or for example participle -ED (missed /st/ whizzed /zd/).

    And final consonants (plossives, fricatives and affricatives) differ mostly in the length of pronunciation or there is something else?

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