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A Phonetic Investigation into «Raddoppiamento sintattico» in Sienese Italian

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Mary Stevens

This book studies the linguistic phenomenon of «Raddoppiamento sintattico» (RS), the post-lexical lengthening in Italian of word-initial consonants following certain words, e.g. a [k:] asa ‘at home’. Linguists have long sought describe exactly where and why RS occurs. Based on naturally occurring speech recorded in Siena, Tuscany, this book provides detailed phonetic information on what happens when RS occurs as well as its interactions with other phenomena in natural speech such as lenition and pausing. This study relates this phonetic detail to existing phonological models of RS, vowel length and syllable structure in Italian. The most important subject of the book is the fine-grained description of stops in RS contexts, which are shown to be optionally preaspirated – a phenomenon typically associated with only a few languages outside of Scandinavia. The book considers in detail the potential role of preaspiration in signaling consonant length in this variety of Italian and in doing so serves as a useful model for other laboratory phonology investigations into connected speech processes.

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5 Table of contents Table of contents ............................................................................ 5   Acknowledgements ...................................................................... 13   List of abbreviations and symbols ................................................ 15   1.   Introduction and overview..................................................... 17   1.1.   Introduction and rationale for the investigation of RS .............17   1.2.   Overview of the chapters..........................................................20   2.   Background and framework for the phonetic analysis of RS 27   2.1.   Defining Raddoppiamento sintattico (RS) ...............................27   2.1.1.   Distinguishing two kinds of RS: the test of phrase finality ...............................................................................30   2.2.   Diachrony and synchrony of RS ..............................................31   2.3.   Motivating stress-conditioned RS synchronically....................33   2.3.1.   Word-final stressed vowels are short ................................33   2.3.2.   Word-final stress rather than length ..................................35   2.3.2.1.   Destressing of word-final stressed vowels ........................... 36   2.4.   The domain of application of RS ............................................38   2.5.   Are RS geminates the same as WM geminates? ......................41   2.6.   The singleton-geminate contrast in Standard Italian ................44   2.6.1.   Consonant duration............................................................45   2.6.2.   Duration of the preceding vowel .......................................49   2.6.3.   Consonant : vowel (C/V) ratio ..........................................51   2.7.   RS blocked ...............................................................................53   2.7.1.   ‘Phonological’ blockers in potential RS sequences ..........54   2.7.2.   Pauses and other phonetic blockers in potential RS sequences...........................................................................56   2.8.   What is the Gorgia toscana (GT).............................................59   2.9.   Why another investigation into RS?........................................63   2.9.1.   RS consonant gemination is obligatory.............................63   2.9.2.   RS consonant lengthening is categorical...........................68   2.9.3.   Word-final vowels do not lengthen ...................................69   6 2.9.4.   Unstressed and stress-conditioned RS should be distinguished......................................................................71   2.9.5.   RS does not interact with the Gorgia toscana....................73   2.10. Why Sienese (and not ‘Standard’) Italian? ................................76   2.10.1.   Existing studies on Sienese Italian ..................................78   2.10.2.   RS in Sienese: where it occurs ........................................79   2.10.3. Preaspiration in Sienese Italian...........................................80   2.11.   Spontaneous speech................................................................81   2.12.  Distinguishing micro- and macro-prosodic...

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