13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

The Processes Underlying Two Frequent Casual Speech Phenomena in Dutch: A Production Experiment

Iris Hanique (1,2), Mirjam Ernestus (1,2)

(1) CLS, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
(2) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands

This study investigated whether a shadowing task can provide insights in the nature of reduction processes that are typical of casual speech. We focused on the shortening and presence versus absence of schwa and /t/ in Dutch past participles. Results showed that the absence of these segments was affected by the same variables as their shortening, suggesting that absence mostly resulted from extreme gradient shortening. This contrasts with results based on recordings of spontaneous conversations. We hypothesize that this difference is due to non-casual fast speech elicited by a shadowing task.

Index Terms: pronunciation variation, acoustic reduction, shadowing task, experimental methodology

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Bibliographic reference.  Hanique, Iris / Ernestus, Mirjam (2012): "The processes underlying two frequent casual speech phenomena in Dutch: a production experiment", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 2013-2016.