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Vowel length in Intemelian Ligurian: an experimental and cross-dialectal investigation


Garassino, Davide; Dipino, Dalila (2019). Vowel length in Intemelian Ligurian: an experimental and cross-dialectal investigation. In: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019, 122-126.

Abstract

According to the non-experimental literature, Intemelian Ligurian, unlike closely-related dialects such as Genoese and Western Ligurian, does not display vowel length distinctions anymore. This research is the first attempt to carry out an experimental analysis of temporal and spatial correlates of vowel length (i.e. vowel and post-tonic consonant durations; F1 and F2 formant values) in Intemelian, compared with the neighboring dialects and across different prosodic contexts (i.e. utterancefinal position and discourse focus). Two patterns were detected: the first one represented by Genoese and Western Ligurian, where temporal differences between long and short vowels are consistently implemented, and the second one by Intemelian, in which such opposition is not found, thus confirming the impressions provided by the previous literature. Finally, we discuss some variation observed in the Intemelian vowel space and we assess the impact of different prosodic contexts on both vowel quantity and quality.

Abstract

According to the non-experimental literature, Intemelian Ligurian, unlike closely-related dialects such as Genoese and Western Ligurian, does not display vowel length distinctions anymore. This research is the first attempt to carry out an experimental analysis of temporal and spatial correlates of vowel length (i.e. vowel and post-tonic consonant durations; F1 and F2 formant values) in Intemelian, compared with the neighboring dialects and across different prosodic contexts (i.e. utterancefinal position and discourse focus). Two patterns were detected: the first one represented by Genoese and Western Ligurian, where temporal differences between long and short vowels are consistently implemented, and the second one by Intemelian, in which such opposition is not found, thus confirming the impressions provided by the previous literature. Finally, we discuss some variation observed in the Intemelian vowel space and we assess the impact of different prosodic contexts on both vowel quantity and quality.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Uncontrolled Keywords:vowel quantity and quality, Ligurian, Italo-Romance, phonetics/prosody interface
Language:English
Event End Date:9 August 2019
Deposited On:10 Jan 2020 10:39
Last Modified:18 Feb 2020 09:02
Publisher:Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
ISBN:978-0-646-80069-1
OA Status:Green
Related URLs:https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs/icphs2019 (Organisation)

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