The "p" in "application" is unaspirated and the "p" in "apply" is aspirated since it is the first letter in the stressed syllable, am I right? When an unvoiced stop is the first letter of a stressed syllable, it should always be aspirated, correct? But for example in the word "excuse" since the second "k" is the second letter but not the first letter of the stressed syllable, I should pronounce it as an unaspirated sound, shouldn't I? I mean in the word "excuse" the first "k" should be aspirated and the second "k" should be unaspirated, right?
Ex-, especially at the beginning of words, is special.
Excuse is pronounced like it's spelled "ek-scuse", as though the first half the x (the
/k/) belongs to the first syllable and the other half (the
/s/ half) belongs to the second.
/k/ won't be aspirated, the c will be.