5th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Sydney, Australia
November 30 - December 4, 1998

Syllable-Onset Acoustic Properties Associated with Syllable-Coda Voicing

Noel Nguyen (1), Sarah Hawkins (2)

(1) Laboratory for Psycholinguistics, University of Geneva, Switzerland
(2) Dept.of Linguistics, University of Cambridge, UK

This study investigates durational and spectral variation in syllable-onset /l/s dependent on voicing in the coda. 1560 pairs of (C)lVC monosyllables differing in the voicing of the final stop were read by 4 British English speakers. Onset /l/ was longer before voiced than voiceless codas, and darker (for 3 speakers) as measured by F2 frequency and spectral centre of gravity. Differences due to other variables (lexical status, isolation/carrier context, syllable onset, vowel quality and regional accent) are outlined. It is proposed that coda voicing is a feature associated with the whole syllable, phonetically implemented as a variety of properties spread throughout the syllabic domain. Implications for word recognition are outlined.

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Bibliographic reference.  Nguyen, Noel / Hawkins, Sarah (1998): "Syllable-onset acoustic properties associated with syllable-coda voicing", In ICSLP-1998, paper 0539.