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final position consonants

 
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Michellekj



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:18 am    Post subject: final position consonants Reply with quote

Are ther some English consonant sounds that never occur in the final position?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, there are. The following consonantal sounds do not occur at the end of English words: /h/, /w/, and /j/. Final /r/ meanwhile is usually silent in RP but pronounced in GenAm and other "r accents".

(Source: Collins COBUILD English Guides 8: Spelling).
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