Does Frankie Go to Hollywood? From American influence to articulatory phonetics: the singing pronunciation of 1980s pop artists


A quantitative study of word internal intervocalic /t/ pronunciation as a marker of an American accent (where a flapped alveolar realization is considered typically American as opposed to a more characteristically British alveolar stop) was carried out on a database of 350 randomly sampled songs from top 10 albums for each year of the decade.