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[link] heard: 5 January 2006
[edit] added: 12 January 2006

"Speakers can't converge on a common rule because no one knows what anyone else is doing."

Jeff Mielke, in a talk on the English /r/ at the 2006 LSA conference, in reference to the fact that there seem to be 8 or 9 acoustically equivalent production strategies, each with its own allophonic variation.
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