Assimilation of word-final nasals to following word-initial place of articulation in United Kingdom English.
Using very large speech corpora, we can study rare but systematic pronunciation patterns in spontaneous speech. Previous studies have established that word-final alveolar consonants in English (/t/, /d/, /n/, /s/ and /z/) vary their place of articulation to match a following word-initial consonant, e.g., "ran quickly" → "ra quickly." Assimilation of bilabial or velar nasals, e.g., "alar clock" for "alarm clock," is unexpected according to linguistic frameworks such as underspecification t...Expand abstract
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