5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

EPG And Aerodynamic Evidence for the Coproduction and Coarticulation of Clicks in Isizulu

Kimberly Thomas

Phonetics Laboratory, Linguistics Department, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA

This study examines both the nature and relative timing of the component gestures of click consonants in IsiZulu, a Bantu language of the Nguni cluster, spoken in South Africa. Differences between the three click types in the timing and rate of rarefaction reflect coproduction differences between their gestures. Coarticulation with adjacent vowels is illustrated by its effect on the rarefaction rate for the alveolar click type. Results thus far show that multigestural segments can coarticulate with adjacent segments despite claims to the contrary [5].

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Bibliographic reference.  Thomas, Kimberly (1997): "EPG and aerodynamic evidence for the coproduction and coarticulation of clicks in Isizulu", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 379-382.