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Abstract

In many languages, voiced segments that occur in syllable codas are systematically devoiced. This article examines coda devoicing in an idiolect of a Central Minnesota speaker of American English. The consonants under investigation are voiced fricatives, voiced stops, and the voiced affricate /dʒ/. The 40/60 threshold proposed by Gradoville (2011) is used as the limen to discriminate between voiced and devoiced consonants in syllable codas.

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Author Bio

Alex Hennen is an undergraduate student at Saint Cloud State University, MN. He is studying to complete a major in English with an emphasis in linguistics, and a minor in philosophy. He is currently on a study abroad program in Japan for a year where he is mainly studying Japanese and linguistics. His plans include becoming a Japanese-English translator and/or interpreter. He can be reached via his Saint Cloud State University email at: arhennen@stcloudstate.edu or via his personal email at: arhennen@gmail.com.

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