/d/ becoming /g/

/d/ → /g/

Now the plosive alveolar /d/ is followed by a sound that is produced at the back of the mouth, a velar (a /k/or a /g/), so the /d/ is assimilated into a voiced velar /g/. As you can see, the place of articulation changes, but the manner  and the voicing (voiced) are kept.



/d/ (followed by /k/ or /g/) becomes /g/

sound_loud_speaker You should come.       ǀ ʃʊg ˈkʌm ǀ

sound_loud_speaker He should go.       ǀ ʃʊg ˈgəʊ ǀ


sound_loud_speaker He had very low self-esteem, so he didn’t feel he could go and actually approach this person about what they’d said about him (Theresa Gannon, BBC4).

sound_loud_speaker They showed that the Red Army could contain and to some measure push back the German advance (John Barber, British documentary).


Again, this can happen within a word:

sound_loud_speaker This podcast is supported by advertizing outside the UK (BBC4). /ˈpɒgkɑːst/

This is the type of work I do with my students in my one-to-one classes. I make them practise these processes with exercises until they improve their comprehension of native speakers and are capable of speaking like that themselves. If you are interested in my classes, you can contact me here.


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