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In a message dated 1/20/2007 5:38:39 PM Central Standard Time, 
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> 1. Is it possible to distinguish two final unreleased consanants? i.e. Is
> there a sound difference between "back there" and "bat there"
> 

Yes, it's possible, and it happens all the time.  The difference is the 
difference between /k/ and /t/.  There is no assimilation to a /t/ sound in "back 
there".  Even if someone said it that way, it would likely be understood, 
context helping as it usually does, but it would sound funny.

stevo