Phonology: American English Flap
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Can anybody tell me why the classic A Pronouncing Dictionary of American
English by Kenyon and Knott--I have the 4th edition (1953)--does not
recognize the existence of the American English Flap? (AEF). The AEF is
not listed among the sounds of American English and all words with
intervocalic /t/ and /d/ (e.g., petal, pedal, writer, rider, etc.) are
transcribed as being pronounced with [t] and [d] respectively.
Incidentally, the standard dictionary I use, The American Heritage
Dictionary of the English Language (Houghton Mifflin 1992) does not
recognize the existence of the AEF either.
Is there a contemporary pronouncing dictionary of AE that recognizes
that /t/ and /d/ are flapped where they are?
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