Hitz-bukaerako herskariak: kontsonante talkak

Translated title of the contribution: Word-final plosives: Consonant clashes

José Ignacio Hualde, Ander Beristain, Ane Icardo Isasa, Jennifer Zhang

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In Basque word-final stop consonants have very low lexical frequency, but very high token frequency in discourse, since final /-t/ and /-k/ appear in very common suffixes. Here we undertake an acoustic investigation of the phonetic realization of word-final stops, with a focus on consonant clusters that arise across word boundaries. Our analysis is based on a corpus of conversational speech. Measurements of relative intensity show that such clusters are usually greatly reduced. A more detailed spectrographic analysis confirms a tendency for /-k/ and /-t/ to be deleted or reduced to approximants preconsonantally. On the other hand, the devoicing phenomena reported in the dialectological literature (e.g. /k#b/ → [p]) appear to be infrequent. Keywords: plosives, consonant clusters, acoustic phonetics, Basque, phonetics.
Translated title of the contributionWord-final plosives: Consonant clashes
Original languageOther
Pages (from-to)83-106
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Basque Linguistics and Philology
Issue number1/2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


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