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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

American English Flapping: Evidence Against Paradigm Uniformity with Phonetic Features

Anastasia K. Riehl

Cornell University, USA

This study investigates the claim that flapping patterns in American English are subject to phonetic paradigm uniformity constraints based on the phonetic feature [extra short closure], as proposed by Steriade (1996). The results of this study reveal that speakers do not maintain uniform paradigms with regard to flapping and that [extra short closure] is only one of several acoustic cues relevant for differentiating a flap from its corresponding stop.

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Bibliographic reference.  Riehl, Anastasia K. (2003): "American English flapping: evidence against paradigm uniformity with phonetic features", In ICPhS-15, 2753-2756.