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

Bockelmann, J. and Ellert, M.-T. and Friesenhan, N. and Generlich, G. and Hiebert, Y. and Malon, T. and Naumann, F. and Sachs, R. and Swiech, A. and Walak, M. and Yovcheva, M. and Zander, I. and Rathcke, Tamara V and Mooshammer, Christine (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). (Full text available)


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: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Tamara Rathcke
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2016 10:39 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 16:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57990 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rathcke, Tamara V: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4831-7387
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