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On Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 8:26 AM, Eldin Raigmore<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> For rhotic English speakers whose 'lect uses the retroflex approximant for the
> rhotic,
> What's the initial phone or two in your 'lect's pronunciation of <drowned>?
> In particular do you say
> [J\+j\ r\` 6 u n d]
> or
> [d_-+z\ r\` 6 u n d]
> ?

AFAICT the initial cluster in <drowned> for me is just [dr\`]. I hear
no affricate or sibilant when I say it.