One Key Difference Between British RP And American Accents – When /t/ says /d/.
Difference Between British RP and American Accent- When /t/ says /d/
In American English the /t/ consonant says a light, quick, flapped or tapped/d/ when:
- the /t/ is between 2 vowels such as in later, rating.
- the /t/ is between an /r/ and a vowel as in party, starting, smarter.
- the /t/ follows a stressed syllable as in butter- the ‘bu’ is a stressed syllable and the /t/ follows directly after it, matter, lighten.
The /d/ isn’t held on as long as with a normal /d/ and your tongue just quickly flaps up to the usual /d/ position and drops quickly.
British: writer /ˈraɪ.tər/ American: ‘wrider’ /ˈraɪ.t̬ɚ/
British: water /ˈwɔː.tər/ American: ‘wader’ /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ/
British: eating /iːtɪŋ/ American: ‘eading’ /iːt̬ɪŋ/
British: better /ˈbet.ər/ American: ‘bedder’ /ˈbet̬.ɚ/
British: article /ˈɑː.tɪ.kəl/ American: ‘ardicle’ /ˈɑːr.t̬ɪ.kəl/
British: rated /reɪtəd/ American: ‘raded’ /reɪt̬əd/
Of course you will find many more examples of this when you’re practising with our trainer in our American accent course.
Best wishes, Esther