Vol. 17 (2011), Artículos
Recibido: 08-05-2012 Aceptado: 08-05-2012 Publicado: 08-05-2012
In this paper, I propose first of all to present an overall and detailed picture of epen-thetic plosives that occur in English from a phonetic point of view. In so doing, I draw heavily on the information provided by two widely consulted English pronouncing dictionaries of our days, viz. the latest editions of LPD and EPD. I further propose to investigate the phonological status of the epenthetic plosives in English by basing my analysis on the principles of func-tional phonology practised in what I call ‘the Functionalist School’ or ‘the Paris School’ which is associated with André Martinet. My phonological analysis presented in this paper is crucially based on the Saussurean concept of opposition and fundamentally differs from any other known phonological references to epenthetic plosives in English.
functional phonology, physical reality vs. linguistic function, ‘once a phoneme, always a phoneme’, opposition, phoneme, archiphoneme, epenthetic plosive, phonetic context, phonetic notation, phonological status, regressive assimilation, syllable division, homophony, potential pause, pronunciation preference poll