5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Aerodynamic Constraints on the Production of Palatalized Trills: The Case of the Slavic Trilled [r]

Darya Kavitskaya

UC Berkeley, USA

Production of a trill depends on several articulatory and aerodynamic constraints. These constraints can be held responsible for various sound changes in Slavic languages which all involve depalatalization or frication of Proto-Slavic palatalized trilled r. As soon as a trill is affected by palatalization, the aerodynamic conditions are changed and the possibility of trill production lowers. Small deviations in aperture size and air velocity can lead to a failure of a trill. This paper proposes a phonetic explanation for the depalatalization and/or frication of the Proto-Slavic palatalized trilled r by considering the detrimental effects of articulatory and aerodynamic constraints on the production of a palatalized trill.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kavitskaya, Darya (1997): "Aerodynamic constraints on the production of palatalized trills: the case of the Slavic trilled [r]", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 751-754.