Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 13:11:21 -0400 From: "(Dale F. Coye)" Subject: hypercorrect intervocalic /t/ I watched a fourth grade play yesterday in which the teacher had taught the children to enunciate clearly, which often means they're supposed to aspirate words spelled t wherever they occur (a practice I abhor because it doesn't sound like Am. Eng. anymore). So words like letter, better, getting all had aspirated t. I felt a certain sense of triumph when one girl also used one in "shadow." This reminds me of a friend who pronounced Beethoven with a voiced flap, and as I think about it, it seems that in that word the normal (for me) aspirated t is really quite unique when not after a morpheme boundary (pretext, pretense). Are there any other intervocalic aspirate Ts? Dale Coye Princeton, NJ