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Mr. Barnett has slammed the figure as outrageous. (Aussie ABC News)

/d/ and /ð/ are made at different places, we don’t drop any one of them when pronouncing, like the news anchor, do we?

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Did the news anchor drop one? I can't tell from your wording. –  Mitch Mar 25 '13 at 2:29

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Yes, certainly. The /d/ assimilates and is no more in all of these:

  • Sound the alarm!
  • Jimmy and the other boys.
  • They banned the rioters.
  • Don’t brand that horse.
  • A friend that’s easy to talk to.
  • I found this one early.
  • I didn’t intend that effect.
  • The land that we love.
  • It’s in the pond that your father dug out.
  • Please refund this woman her money.
  • I second that idea.
  • He turned the other cheek.
  • The wind that blows loudest bites hardest.

As evidence, consider those few words with a “ndth” sequence in them: none of them have an audible /d/:

  • spendthrift
  • thousandth
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Thank you. I had got the memory of your answer; yet after hearing her pronunciation, I got confused. –  Listenever Mar 25 '13 at 0:21
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This is because it's almost impossible to move from pronouncing a nasal dental stop [n] to pronouncing an interdental fricative [ð] without pronouncing an oral dental stop [d] in between. Two things have to happen to two different articulators: (a) the velic flap has to shut off the nasal release to stop the [n], leaving the tongue in a [d] position behind the gum ridge; and (b) the tongue has to move down from a [d] position to a [ð] position at the bottom of the incisors. The velic closes fast, and the tongue moves more slowly. It's inevitable, I'm afraid. –  John Lawler Mar 25 '13 at 2:49

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