Acoustic characteristics of velar stops and velar softening in German, Polish and Catalan

Two hypotheses have been proposed in order to account for velar softening, i.e., a process through which /k/ changes to an affricate. Whereas one hypothesis states that for the process to apply the velar stop has to be r
Two hypotheses have been proposed in order to account for velar softening, i.e., a process through which /k/ changes to an affricate. Whereas one hypothesis states that for the process to apply the velar stop has to be realized as an (alveolo) palatal stop (articulation-based hypothesis), the other claims that velar softening is triggered by acoustic similarity between the input and output segments (acoustic equivalence hypothesis). The present paper investigates the acoustic equivalence hypothesis by comparing several acoustic properties of /k/ in various vowel contexts with those of /ts , ts , tc / for three languages differing in stop burst aspiration, i.e., German, Polish and Catalan. Results suggest that the acoustic equivalence hypothesis could account for velar softening in aspirated velar stops but not in unaspirated velar stops. The results also provide an explanation as to why aspirated velar stops are prone to undergo softening more easily when followed by front vocalic segments than in other contexts and positions
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Author:Marzena Zygis, Daniel Recasens, Aina Espinosa
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30-1149875
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2010/04/20
Year of first Publication:2008
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2010/04/20
SWD-Keyword:Phonetik
Source:http://issp2008.loria.fr/Proceedings/PDF/issp2008-18.pdf ; (in:) Rudolph Sock, Susanne Fuchs, Yves Laprie: Proceedings of the 8th International Seminar on Speech Production. - Strasbourg: Institute de phonetique, 2008, S. 97-100
HeBIS PPN:224877860
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Linguistik
Linguistic-Classification:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Phonetik/Phonologie / Phonetics/Phonology
Licence (German):License Logo Veröffentlichungsvertrag für Publikationen

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