4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Liquids in Tamil

Shrikanth Narayanan (1), Abigail Kaun (2), Dani Byrd (3), Peter Ladefoged (4), Abeer Alwan (5)

(1) AT&T Laboratories
(2) Linguistics Department, Yale University, USA
(3) Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT, USA
(4) Linguistics Department, UCLA. Los Angeles, CA, USA
(5) Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Tamil is unusual among the world's languages in that some of its dialects have five liquids. This paper focuses on the articulatory characterization of these sounds, with the ultimate goal of modeling their production dynamics and articulatory-acoustic mappings. Articulatory data were obtained using different techniques: palatography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetometer (EMMA). This study illustrates the use of multiple techniques for investigating both static and dynamic articulatory characteristics.

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Bibliographic reference.  Narayanan, Shrikanth / Kaun, Abigail / Byrd, Dani / Ladefoged, Peter / Alwan, Abeer (1996): "Liquids in tamil", In ICSLP-1996, 797-800.