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Unvoiced final "d" where it "should" be voiced -- regional accent question

Native speaker here. I don't have a problem with /d/, but somehow in words like "record", and in all -ed preterites, I voice it /t/, borderline aspirated. My English is native (think, dream ...
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Are /t, p, k/ aspirated when they are at the start of a syllable after another syllable that ends in /s/?

In English (native speakers' speech), voiceless plosives such as /t/, /p/ and /k/ are produced with a strong burst of air when they are in the start of a syllable before a vowel. That is called "...
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Is the /p/ aspirated in /pr/ combination in the beginning of a stressed syllable?

In English the /p/ is generally aspirated (produced with a strong burst of air) when it comes in the start of a stressed syllable. For example, the /p/ in "pin" is aspirated (produced with a ...
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The usage of article 'an' in the following case [duplicate]

It is common to use 1a an historical event 2a an hotel rather than 1b a historical event 2b a hotel Why 'an' is used in such case?
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Can a plosive consonant in a word be pronounced as an unreleased consonant?

ESL teachers always tell people to suppress the normal release of the consonant "p b k g t d" if it's at the end of a word and the next word also begins with a consonant. But what about words with a ...
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Is the phoneme /k/ in the word cube aspiated or unaspirated?

I have a debate in class about the aspiration status of the phoneme /k/ in the word "cube". By the rule, it should be. However, some people's pronunciation with the sheet paper in front of the subject'...
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How does the unaspirated /t/ differ from /d/?

For example, how is 'stop' pronounced differently from 'sdop', in terms of tongue position and other aspects?
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Aspiration in American English

I would like know which consonants are aspirated in American English and when? Also, when are they not aspirated?
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is the first sound /k/ in the word "confused" aspirated or unaspirated?

I thought that it is aspirated because of the rule of aspiration : the stops like /p t k/ become aspirated when they occur in the word initial position OR in the onset position of the stressed ...
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Why does /t/ after a consonant (ex: /ˈnaɪn.ti/) produce less air than /t/ at the beginning of word (ex: /ˈtaɪlænd/) or after a vowel (ex: /ˈraɪ.tər/)?

My mother tongue is Vietnamese and I often have difficulty making the English /t/ sound. Here is what I discovered. If a /t/ is the beginning of word (e.g. /taɪ/ tie, /tɪn/ tin, /ˈtaɪ.lænd/ Thailand) ...
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In English, can a whole syllable be aspirated?

Living in Merseyside, I've noticed a phonetic oddity that I can't find described anywhere [I did a Web search and found a transcript of Liverpool speech on a Liverpool University site, but no mention ...
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Aspiration in 'lecture'

Why in a word 'lecture' /k/ is unaspirated? Shouldn't it be weakly aspirated because of the fact that it's in unstressed syllable?
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Why are 'student' and 'suspend' not pronounced as written?

I am a Chinese student beginning to learn English. I am curious to know why the word student is pronounced with the sound of d instead of t. Likewise, why is the sound of b used instead of p when ...
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Why do the first and last "t" in "taste" sound different?

When I listened to the audio pronunciation of "taste" /teɪst/, I noticed that the first and last "t" sound different: the first "t" sounds like [tʰ] while the second one sounds more like [tsʰ]. Words ...
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Pronunciation of final T sounds in English

What's the word to describe the phenomenon of the final 't' sound becoming a stop without aspiration, vs. how it sounds at the beginning of a word? Does any one particular dialect/accent of English ...
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Why do photons and protons exhibit such anomalous behavior?

I first noticed in this answer that there is something sneaky going on with the word photon: its ‹t› is the stressed allophone of /t/, a fully aspirated [tʰ]. It does not reduce to [t] or [ɾ] the way ...
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Why do we spell "eureka", not "heureka"?

Why is the spelling "eureka" by far more preferable to "heureka" in English? Greek vocabularies give "heureka" for the perfect to "heurisko".
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Usage of "an" before nouns beginning with an "h" where that "h" is not silent [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A historic…” or “An historic…”? Such as an heinous crime an hideous monstrosity an hallucination This always looks wrong to me. I ...
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Aspirated letters vs. Silent letters

How are aspirated letters different from silent letters when pronouncing a word?
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