15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


What is "-t,d Deletion"? A New Look at an Old Sociolinguistic Variable

Rosalind A. M. Temple

University of York, UK

This paper represents the first step in an attempt to analyse the much-studied sociolinguistic variable known as "-t,d deletion" from a phonetic rather than a variationist perspective. It arises out of an unsuccessful attempt to replicate previous studies on a corpus of York English and presents a series of tokens from that corpus which exemplify the kinds of problem posed by the data before examining the implications of these problems for the analysis of " -t,d deletion" in terms of a monolithic phonological variable rule.

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Bibliographic reference.  Temple, Rosalind A. M. (2003): "What is "-t,d deletion"? a new look at an old sociolinguistic variable", In ICPhS-15, 1835-1838.