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Effects of Speaking Rate on the Timing of Single and Geminate Sonorants

Arvaniti, Amalia (1999) Effects of Speaking Rate on the Timing of Single and Geminate Sonorants. In: Ohala, J.J. and Hasegawa, Y. and Ohala, M., eds. 14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. University of California, pp. 599-602. ISBN 1-56396-898-3. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Cypriot Greek single and geminate sonorants (/m, n, l, r/) at normal and fast speaking rate were compared to sonorants in Standard Greek, which has no length distinction. Cypriot singletons and geminates all shortened at fast rate, except for the single [r]. There was no overlap between singletons and geminates either within or across speaking rates. The duration of Greek sonorants was intermediate between the two Cypriot categories. The [r] results show that reported asymmetries on the effects of rate are due to the incompressibility of certain catergories and are not imposed by the linguistic system. However, the contrasts a category enters within a system affect this category's values, as manifested in the greater length of the Greek sonorants. Finally, the results show that when duration is the main cue to a categorial distinction, no durantional overlap occurs between categories, contrary to what studies on contrastive vowel length suggest.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Amalia Arvaniti
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2015 13:30 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2019 15:24 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/46526 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Arvaniti, Amalia: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1689-1931
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