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Do we release all the consonant sounds that appear at the end of the word ending a sentence?

Examples:

  1. I am at work.
  2. There was a Big Bang.
  3. I have a new hope.
  4. He has a big heart.
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    I think on average Americans are more likely to "release" final consonants than Brits. As a Brit myself, and often not a particularly "careful" speaker, I tend to just finish such utterances with a glottal stop. So the only reason you'd know I wasn't saying I'm at wort is because you know the word wort wouldn't make sense there (there would be no clue from the way I normally articulated it). Equally, I might be saying He has a big harp, and you'd have no way of knowing. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 13 at 15:48
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    Being a continuant, /ŋ/ does not actually have a release at all. The other three, being plosives, do have releases but may be unreleased utterance-finally. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 13 at 17:14

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