Prosodic and Segmental Effects on the Durational Variability of Svarabhakti Vowels in Spanish /Cr/ Clusters

Benjamin Schmeiser


The present study examines the durational variability of svarabhakti vowels in Spanish /Cr/ clusters. Data from twenty-nine speakers from six countries were collected, resulting in a total of 521 /Cr/ clusters that exhibited a svarabhakti vowel whose duration was then measured. Durational measurements were analyzed under the scope of five hypotheses, based on prosodic and segmental factors, and tested by employing single-factor, within-subject ANOVAs, with statistical significance set at a p value of 0.05. Results suggested that segmental factors, rather than prosodic ones, affect the durational variability of the svarabhakti vowel. Using Articulatory Phonology (Browman and Goldstein, 1989, 1990, 1991, et seq.) as the theoretical base, segmental effects on svarabhakti vowel duration were discussed. In short, longer svarabhakti vowel mean duration was evidenced in those consonant clusters whose members shared the same voicing quality; in addition, patterns in svarabhakti vowel durational variability emerged for both manner and place of articulation. Based on the findings, a continuum was posited for future research.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-4

Cite as: Schmeiser, B. (2020) Prosodic and Segmental Effects on the Durational Variability of Svarabhakti Vowels in Spanish /Cr/ Clusters. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 16-20, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-4.


@inproceedings{Schmeiser2020,
  author={Benjamin Schmeiser},
  title={{Prosodic and Segmental Effects on the Durational Variability of Svarabhakti Vowels in Spanish /Cr/ Clusters}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={16--20},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-4},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-4}
}