5aSC8. Prosodic domain effects in real-word English sentences.

Session: Friday Morning, December 6


Author: Patricia A. Keating
Location: Phonet. Lab., Dept. Linguist., UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543


Fougeron and Keating [J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 97, 3384(A) (1995)] showed that there is an effect of position in prosodic domain on the articulation of English /n/ in reiterant speech, using electropalatographic (EPG) contact as the articulatory measure. Fougeron and Keating [Proceedings of the Autrans Workshop and Seminar, pp. 93--96 (1996)] showed a similar effect on the articulation of French /t/ and /n/ in real-word sentences. The present study adds to this research effort by examining real-word English sentences. In each of these sentences a sequence of segments spans one of four prosodic boundaries: syllable, phonological word, small phrase, or intonational phrase. The corpus includes several sentences for each boundary level. Several American speakers will read this corpus while EPG and acoustic data are collected. The amount and duration of EPG contact for /t/ and /n/ will be compared across the four conditions. Based on previous work, these measures are expected to distinguish three or four levels. The larger size of this sample will allow better study of intra- and interspeaker variation. [Work supported by NSF.]

ASA 132nd meeting - Hawaii, December 1996