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Lenition of voiceless fricatives in two varieties of southern Italian


Nocchi, Nadia; Schmid, Stephan (2007). Lenition of voiceless fricatives in two varieties of southern Italian. In: Trouvain, J; Barry, W. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Saarbrücken: Institute of Phonetics, Saarland University, 1497-1500.

Abstract

The aim of this study is to verify acoustically the extent to which the traditionally acknowledged lenition of intervocalic plosives in the varieties of southern Italy also applies to voiceless fricatives. Data from a recent corpus of semi-spontaneous speech collected in Naples and Palermo are analysed according to the parameters of duration, intensity, and voicing. It is demonstrated that, in the intervocalic position, the realisations of /s/ and /f/ are significantly shorter than in the other contexts, whereas intensity does not prove to be affected by the phonotactic position; sonorization does occur, to some extent, in the Neapolitan data, being marginal among the Sicilian speakers.

Abstract

The aim of this study is to verify acoustically the extent to which the traditionally acknowledged lenition of intervocalic plosives in the varieties of southern Italy also applies to voiceless fricatives. Data from a recent corpus of semi-spontaneous speech collected in Naples and Palermo are analysed according to the parameters of duration, intensity, and voicing. It is demonstrated that, in the intervocalic position, the realisations of /s/ and /f/ are significantly shorter than in the other contexts, whereas intensity does not prove to be affected by the phonotactic position; sonorization does occur, to some extent, in the Neapolitan data, being marginal among the Sicilian speakers.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:16 Apr 2010 08:05
Last Modified:29 May 2017 15:19
Publisher: Institute of Phonetics, Saarland University

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