Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Spontaneous Speech in English and Italian

Linda Shockey (1), Edda Farnetani (2)

(1) Department of Linguistics, University of Reading, UK
(2) Centro de Fonetica del CNR, Padova, Italy

Electropalatographic and acoustic data were collected from two Italian and two English subjects engaged in spontaneous conversation. A subset of the dental/alveolar consonants were examined and found to show consistently less closure than their equivalents in citation-form speech in both languages. Environments for relative lack of closure differed from language to language. A wide range of degrees of closure were found, indicating that conversational realisations are best described using a continuum rather than discrete categories. We suggest that this can be accomplished using a gestural approach.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shockey, Linda / Farnetani, Edda (1992): "Spontaneous speech in English and Italian", In ICSLP-1992, 767-770.