5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Formant Trajectory Dynamics in Swabian Diphthongs

Anja Geumann

Institut für Phonetik und Sprachliche Kommunikation, Universität Munchen, Germany

The vowel quality in some diphthongs of Swabian (an upper german dialect) was determined by measurement of first and second formant values. A minimal contrast could be shown between two different diphthong qualities /Ae/ and /«i/, where for Standard German only one is assumed, viz. /ai/. The two diphthong qualities differ only slightly in onset and offset vowel quality, so a better understanding of their relationship was expected from an examination of their dynamic aspects. Our preliminary results suggest that there is indeed a difference in the temporal structure of the two diphthongs.

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Bibliographic reference.  Geumann, Anja (1997): "Formant trajectory dynamics in Swabian diphthongs", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 383-386.