Show Less

Articulatory Coordination and Syllable Structure in Italian

Series:

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».

Prices

Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Contents

Extract

Preface 11 1 Introduction 13 2 Theoretical background 17 2.1 Research on the syllable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 2.2 The case of word initial SC clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 2.3 Articulatory Phonology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 3 Method 79 3.1 Articulatory and acoustic recordings . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 3.2 Subjects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 3.3 Speech material . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 3.4 Labelling procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 3.5 Articulatory analysis (gestural coordination) . . . . . . . . 86 3.6 Acoustic analysis (segmental duration) . . . . . . . . . . . . 94 3.7 Predictions for articulatory and acoustic analysis . . . . . . 94 4 Results: Gestural coordination 97 4.1 Non-sibilant clusters (CC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 4.2 Sibilant clusters (SC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 4.3 Three-consonant clusters (SCC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 5 Results: Segmental durations 129 5.1 Non-sibilant clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 5.2 Sibilant clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 5.3 Three-consonant clusters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 5.4 Interim summary (segmental duration) . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 6 Modelling Italian word initial clusters 139 6.1 Summary of results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 6.2 Coupled oscillator model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 7 Summary and conclusion 145 References 149

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.