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Voice onset time in Spanish-English spontaneous code-switching

Piccinini, Page E., Arvaniti, Amalia (2015) Voice onset time in Spanish-English spontaneous code-switching. Journal of Phonetics, 52 . pp. 121-137. ISSN 0095-4470. E-ISSN 0095-4470. (doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2015.07.004) (KAR id:57706)

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Research on the phonetics of code-switching has focused on voice onset time (VOT) and has

yielded mixed results regarding cross-language interaction, possibly due to differences in data used

(scripted vs. spontaneous speech) and populations examined (L1 vs. L2 dominant, early vs. late

bilinguals). Here VOT was measured in a corpus of spontaneous code-switching speech elicited

from a homogeneous group of early bilinguals in conversation with and without distraction

(completion of jigsaw puzzles). The distraction meant to increase cognitive load, a manipulation

that could affect phonetic realization. Both English and Spanish VOT were shorter at codeswitching

points than in comparable monolingual utterances. English VOT lengthened overall under

increased cognitive load (but remained shorter in code-switching as compared to the monolingual

context). These results support previous findings of VOT shortening in code-switching for both

English and Spanish, and confirm that the effect applies in the natural speech of early bilinguals.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.wocn.2015.07.004
Uncontrolled keywords: Code-switching; Bilingualism; Cross-language activation; Phonological organization; Voice onset time
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Amalia Arvaniti
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 10:17 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 15:52 UTC
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