Conditioning factors in external sandhi : an EPG study of English /l/ vocalisation.



Scobbie, James M and Pouplier, Marianne and Wrench, Alan A (2007) Conditioning factors in external sandhi : an EPG study of English /l/ vocalisation. Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of the ICPhS. pp. 441-444.

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Abstract

English l-sandhi involves an allophonic alternation in alveolar contact for word-final /l/ in connected speech [4]. EPG data for five Scottish Standard English and five Southern Standard British English speakers shows that there is individual and dialectal variation in contact patterns. We analysed vocalisation rate (% of tokens with no alveolar contact) and the area of any residual alveolar contact. Word-final /l/ contact is, to some extent, onset-like before vowel-initial words and coda-like before words with a labial onset C. If the vowel has a glottal attack, however, or the onset C is /h/, sandhi is less predictable, suggesting that resyllabification is insufficient as a mechanism for conditioning tongue tip behaviour of word final /l/.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: l-sandhi, resyllabification, vocalisation, glottalisation, EPG, dialect variation
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2008 14:30
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:54
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44

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