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Assimilation of /ʃ/ to [ɕ] before bunched [ɹ̈]

I noticed an odd phonetic phenomenon in my own speech that I initially assumed was widespread; then I asked @tchrist about it and he seemed to think it was highly unusual, which made me curious. IANAP ...
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Which phoneme/sound is unpronounced in ”prompt”?

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/prompt_1?q=prompt Is the British pronunciation artificial, or is it really how people in England speak on a daily basis? The three ...
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Are "ns", "nc" and "lv" consonant clusters?

I've recently come across a number of one-syllable words with two consonants in a row + a silent E. Here they are, grouped by the two consonants: NS: sense, tense, rinse, dense, expense, recompense ...
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Do "cook the" and "cooked the" get pronounced differently?

How are they different in pronunciation? In other words, how can one recognise the difference purely by sound?
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What is the trend in pronouncing the word "strength"? [closed]

Over the years, I have heard 3 different ways to pronounce the word strength: stre(ng)kth /stɹɛŋkθ/ strenth /st̠͡ɹ̠ɛn̪θ/ shtrength /ʃtɹɛŋθ/ I definitely pronounce it with option 3 (shtrength /ʃtɹɛŋθ/...
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Why do cer­tain con­so­nant clus­ters oc­cur only at the start of a syl­la­ble but oth­ers only at the end?

You may have no­ticed that in English, some con­so­nant clus­ters can oc­cur only at the start of an English word while other con­so­nant clus­ters can oc­cur only at the end. For ex­am­ple, the com­...
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Pronunciation: /sɪksθ/ /t/

How do you pronounce sixth time? For example: Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for the sixth time. It's quite difficult to pronounce the /ksθ t/. Do you skip any sound in /ksθ/ /t/? If so, ...
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Is there normally a lexicalized loss of phonemic /d/ in the coda of "depends"?

According to a blog article by Steven Norman under the title “My 100 most mispronounced words in English”, the word depends should be /dɪˈpenz/ when “correctly” pronounced. Notice he provides for no ...
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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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