Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

On Gestural Reduction and Gestural Overlap in Korean and English /PK/ Clusters

Jongho Jun

Linguistics Department, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the distinct roles of gestural reduction and gestural overlap in consonant place assimilation. It is found that gestural overlap alone does not give rise to perceptual assimilation in Korean pk clusters; instead, gestural reduction of the labial does. It is also found that there is no significant difference in the degrees of overlap between Korean and English pk clusters. A marked difference is observed in the gestural reduction of the labial; it often reduces in Korean but does not reduce in English. The difference between Korean and English place assimilations is therefore not due to different degrees of gestural overlap, but to an asymmetry of gestural reduction. Consequently, all these findings support the hypothesis that gestural reduction, not gestural overlap, plays the main role in casual speech place assimilation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jun, Jongho (1994): "On gestural reduction and gestural overlap in Korean and English /PK/ clusters", In ICSLP-1994, 335-338.