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An acoustic analysis of palatal obstruents in two Romance varieties


Schmid, Stephan (2011). An acoustic analysis of palatal obstruents in two Romance varieties. In: Lee, Wai-Sum; Zee, Eric. Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Hong Kong: International Phonetic Association, 1762-1765.

Abstract

Palatal stops and affricates are relatively rare in the world’s languages, compared to velar stops and postalveolar affricates. In some languages, palatal stops underwent a diachronic shift and merged with postalveolar affricates. This study undertakes a spectral analysis of palatal stops in two Romance varieties, i.e. the dialect of San Giovanni in Fiore (spoken in a small town of Calabria, southern Italy) and Vallader, a variety of Romansh (spoken in the lower Engadine, Switzerland). The results indicate that the acoustic contrast between postalveolar and palatal obstruents is less robust in Vallader than in Sangiovannese, where in turn inter-speaker diffe- rences are more sizeable.

Abstract

Palatal stops and affricates are relatively rare in the world’s languages, compared to velar stops and postalveolar affricates. In some languages, palatal stops underwent a diachronic shift and merged with postalveolar affricates. This study undertakes a spectral analysis of palatal stops in two Romance varieties, i.e. the dialect of San Giovanni in Fiore (spoken in a small town of Calabria, southern Italy) and Vallader, a variety of Romansh (spoken in the lower Engadine, Switzerland). The results indicate that the acoustic contrast between postalveolar and palatal obstruents is less robust in Vallader than in Sangiovannese, where in turn inter-speaker diffe- rences are more sizeable.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Language Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:21 August 2011
Deposited On:02 Sep 2011 07:31
Last Modified:15 Feb 2024 15:03
Publisher:International Phonetic Association
Series Name:Proceedings of the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
ISSN:0301-3162
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs-proceedings/ICPhS2011/OnlineProceedings/RegularSession/Schmid/Schmid.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.icphs2011.hk/ (Organisation)
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