Ongoing Phonologization of Word-Final Voicing Alternations in Two Romance Languages: Romanian and French

Mathilde Hutin, Adèle Jatteau, Ioana Vasilescu, Lori Lamel, Martine Adda-Decker


Phonologization is a process whereby phonetic substance becomes phonological structure [1]. The process involves at least two steps: (i) a universal phonetic (‘automatic’) variation becomes a language-specific (‘speaker-controlled’) pattern, (ii) the language-specific pattern becomes a phonological (‘structured’) object. This paper will focus on the first step and ask the question of whether three universal phonetic variations of the laryngeal feature of word-final codas (final devoicing, voicelessness assimilation and voicing assimilation) are becoming language-specific patterns in two Romance languages, Romanian and French. Our results suggest that neutralization processes (final devoicing) might be beginning their phonologization process in both French and Romanian whereas assimilation processes (regressive assimilation of voicing and voicelessness) remain universal phonetic tendencies.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1460

Cite as: Hutin, M., Jatteau, A., Vasilescu, I., Lamel, L., Adda-Decker, M. (2020) Ongoing Phonologization of Word-Final Voicing Alternations in Two Romance Languages: Romanian and French. Proc. Interspeech 2020, 4138-4142, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1460.


@inproceedings{Hutin2020,
  author={Mathilde Hutin and Adèle Jatteau and Ioana Vasilescu and Lori Lamel and Martine Adda-Decker},
  title={{Ongoing Phonologization of Word-Final Voicing Alternations in Two Romance Languages: Romanian and French}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2020},
  pages={4138--4142},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1460},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2020-1460}
}