final position consonants

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Michellekj
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final position consonants

Post by Michellekj » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:18 am

Are ther some English consonant sounds that never occur in the final position?

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Post by fluffyhamster » Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:51 am

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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