An articulatory investigation of word final /l/ and /l/-sandhi in three dialects of English.



Scobbie, James M and Wrench, Alan A (2003) An articulatory investigation of word final /l/ and /l/-sandhi in three dialects of English. In: Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Universitat AutÒnoma de Barcelona, pp. 1871-1874.

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Abstract

We use the MOCHA articulatory speech database to ex-plore word-final /l/ in English. Eight speakers, drawn from three nations with distinct phonological systems (Scotland, England and USA) all display pervasive and systematic /l/ vocalisation (defined as lack of alveolar contact in EPG data). Vocalisation of word-final /l/ is radically con-text-dependent for seven subjects. These English speakers have a post-lexical external sandhi alternation of conso-nantal vs. vocalic /l/ which appears categorical. We de-scribe the general tendencies and the systematic linguistic differences between speakers, which are orthogonal to national dialect. Coda (re)syllabification of /l/ is not subtle or flexible enough to condition the distribution of vocali-sation. Prosodic, segmental and phrasal factors are all re-quired. A preliminary EMA analysis of intracontextual variability reveals both gradient and categorical aspects.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 12:03
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:58
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2248

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