Final Stop Deletion in American English,
SPEECH COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH LAB INC SANTA BARBARA CALIF
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Previous studies of word final consonant cluster simplification have shown that t,d deletion is variable and that certain linguistic factors can be distinguished which affect the rate of deletion for example, deletion is more frequent before a consonant FIND THEM than before a vowel FIND US, and more likely in monomorphemic clusters FIND THEM than in bimorphemic clusters FIN ED THEM. The present study examines this question on the basis of performance data drawn from recordings of conversational style interviews with fifteen adult speakers of various dialects of American English. The data include over 2300 tokens of morpheme and word final base form consonant t,d clusters.
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