ISCA Archive Interspeech 2013
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2013

The duration compensation issue revisited

Plínio A. Barbosa

This work presents a reanalysis of the duration compensation issue at the VC level, for which vowel duration is lengthened when replacing a following (long) voiceless consonant with a (short) voiced consonant. Analyses of fifteen Brazilian Portuguese words and pseudo-words reveal that (1) duration compensation is not restricted to consonants differing in voicing only, (2) duration compensation seems to be restricted to narrow-focussed words, and (3) duration compensation applies to the first following consonant only in VCC sequences. These results suggest that duration compensation could be a mechanism to learn how to plan the sequence of vowel onset positions at early stages of language acquisition.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2013-661

Cite as: Barbosa, P.A. (2013) The duration compensation issue revisited. Proc. Interspeech 2013, 3027-3031, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2013-661

  author={Plínio A. Barbosa},
  title={{The duration compensation issue revisited}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2013},