Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 12:45:11 +0900 From: Daniel Long Subject: Re: hypercorrect intervocalic /t/ In my native (West Tennessee) dialect we can keep at least some of our intervocalic /t/s and /d/s straight by splitting a phoneme. So we can tell if someone is talking about a /rAId[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]r/ who pens books, and a /rAd[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]r/ who straddles a horse or a motorcycle. (I hope my keyboard phonetics are close enough that you can figure them out.) This is the source of confusion when we deal with speakers from farther north who use the diphthong for both, or from farther south who use the monophthong for both. By the way, it isn't a /t/ problem, but there is hypercorrection in a Platter*s song where they "restore" word-final /nd/ consonant clusters that weren't consonant clusters in the first place. It's in "Only You". The line goes "only you cand make (etc., etc.)" Danny Long (Dr.) Daniel Long, Associate Professor Japanese Language Research Center Osaka Shoin Women's College 4-2-26 Hishiyanishi Higashi-Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan 577 tel and fax +81-6-729-1831 email dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]