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Opa vs Oper: Neutralization of /?/ and unstressed /a/ contrast in a perception and production study

Bockelmann, J., Ellert, M.-T., Friesenhan, N., Generlich, G., Hiebert, Y., Malon, T., Naumann, F., Sachs, R., Swiech, A., Walak, M., and others. (2016) Opa vs Oper: Neutralization of /?/ and unstressed /a/ contrast in a perception and production study. In: Book of Abstracts 12. Tagung Phonetik und Phonologie im deytschsprachigen Raum (P&P12). . (KAR id:57990)


The present study examined differences in production and perception of the German vowels /a/ and /?/ in word-final,

unstressed position. In the first experiment, 3 male and 3 female speakers produced minimal pairs embedded in meaningful sentences and varied in prosodic environment. In the second experiment, the minimal pairs were extracted from the context and presented to 44 listeners for a forced-choice identification task. Results showed a better-than-chance performance that was, however, mainly driven by one male speaker. Temporal and spectral measures confirmed that only

this speaker produced an acoustic difference between /a/ and /?/.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
Uncontrolled keywords: reduced vowels, German, vowel production, vowel perception
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Tamara Rathcke
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 10:39 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 07:31 UTC
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