When voiced segments occur in coda clusters, they undergo varying degrees of devoicing. We investigate this phenomenon in the speech of the second author, a native speaker of American English from Central Minnesota. The coda clusters under investigation occur in the lexical items transcribed phonemically as /θɪŋz/ (things repeated twice), /spunz/ (spoons), and /wɛnz.de/ (Wednesday), /slæbz/ (slabs), /kɪdz/ (kids),and /bægz/ (bags). Acoustic measurements and the 40/60 threshold are used in tandem to determine the gradience of devoicing that take place in the coda clusters /ŋz/, /nz/, /bz/, /dz/, and /gz/.
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Koffi, Ettien and Simmonds, Andrea
"Gradience in Coda Cluster Devoicing in a Central Minnesota English Idiolect,"
Linguistic Portfolios: Vol. 7
, Article 11.
Available at: http://repository.stcloudstate.edu/stcloud_ling/vol7/iss1/11