Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Fake Geminates in French: a Production and Perception Study

Trudel Meisenburg

Fachbereich 7 (Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft), University of Osnabrück, Germany

This paper examines the role of consonantal quantity from Latin to the Romance languages, concentrating on the situation in contemporary French, where fake or apparent geminates quite frequently arise in morpheme concatenation, often as a consequence of schwa deletion. A series of production and perception experiments shows that the required surface contrasts are neither represented nor identified consistently, speakers rather show a tendency to delete geminates in favor of a simplified syllable structure but at the cost of morpheme identity.

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Bibliographic reference.  Meisenburg, Trudel (2006): "Fake geminates in French: a production and perception study", In SP-2006, paper 027.