Could you help me to figure out one thing?

My task is to comment on the modifications of consonants by the neighbouring sounds(assimilation,ellision). But there are some words in the task where I don't see any modifications of consonants:

bright [braɪt]
great [ɡreɪt]
duty [ˈdjuːtɪ]
beauty [ˈbjuːtɪ]

I want to know, is it just me,or the task is incorrect?

  • I think the question is meaningless, without further context. All sounds vary to some extent as a function of context, and such variation is usually imperceptible, requiring phonetic measurement. Is your task-giver asking you about all consonants, or some specific one? E.g. /t/? In which dialect of English?
    – user6726
    Commented Apr 19, 2015 at 21:34
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    For starts, the /g/ in great is rounded, because it anticipates the /r/. And /dju/ becomes /dʒu/ very fast. Then there's the tap of /t/ in the last two, and the unreleased final /t/ (which could appear as glottal stop) in the first two. You're not restricted to the IPA phonetics; you're sposta listen for the differences.
    – jlawler
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 3:49
  • It seems a little odd to me that the task presents the word in phonetic brackets rather than phonemic slashes. Are you sure that's how it was written in the task? Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 6:03
  • Please don't cross-post: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/55119/…
    – user2081
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 12:50
  • You can, although I think ideally the two questions would get merged so all the help you received here would appear on the other question as well.
    – user2081
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 19:32


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