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Articulatory Coordination and Syllable Structure in Italian

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Anne Hermes

When we speak we do not articulate each sound one after the other like beads on a string. Instead, the movements of our articulators, such as the tongue and lips, overlap. These movements are coordinated in complex ways to produce syllables, words and phrases. This book is concerned with syllables. What is a syllable? There is general consensus that «sa», «pa» and «ra» are syllables. But what about «spa» or «spra»? The answer to this question is sought using a method investigating the coordination of tongue and lip movements. The results shed light on a long standing problem for syllable phonology in Italian, namely the syllabification of «s» when it occurs in a consonant cluster such as «sp» in «sport».

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When we speak we do not articulate each sound one after the other like beads on a string. Instead, the movements of our articulators, such as the tongue and lips, overlap. These movements are coordinated in complex ways to produce syllables, words and phrases. This book is concerned with syllables. What is a syllable? There is general consensus that ‘sa’, ‘pa’ and ‘ra’ are syllables. But what about ‘spa’ or ‘spra’? The answer to this ques- tion is sought using a method investigating the coordination of tongue and lip movements. The results shed light on a long standing problem for syllable phonology in Italian, namely the syllabification of ‘s’ when it occurs in a consonant cluster such as ‘sp’ in ‘sport’. 2 www.peterlang.de ISBN 978-3-631-62586-6 A nn e H er m es · A rt ic ul at or y C oo rd in at io n an d Sy lla b le S tr uc tu re in It al ia n Articulatory Coordination and Syllable Structure in Italian Speech Production and Perception Volume 2 Anne Hermes SPPP 02-262586_Hermes_AM_A5HCk PLE.indd 1 26.02.13 11:38 Articulatory Coordination and Syllable Structure in Italian Speech Production and Perception Edited by Susanne Fuchs and Pascal Perrier Volume 2 Articulatory Coordination and Syllable Structure in Italian Anne Hermes The case of ‘impure s’ Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de. Zugl...

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