14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

The Prosody and the Voiced/Voiceless Consonant Correlation in Russian

Rosalia F. Kasatkina

Russian Language Institute, Moscow, Russia

The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the influence of the tonal accent on the behavior of the voiceless consonants in certain consonantal positions. A syntagm may have an accent on its second member (ves' dén' ‘the whole day’), it may have a stress only on its first member (vés' den') or the both words may be stressed equally (vés' dén'). In the second and third cases it is possible to occur a voiceless consonant before the voiced one. The situation with ´the proposition-word combinations, with the composita end even with the prefixal words is similar. Based on the speech material the following rule can be formulated: by increasing the strength of the boundary the probability of a voiceless realisation of a voiceless consonant preceding a voiced one is decreased.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kasatkina, Rosalia F. (1999): "The prosody and the voiced/voiceless consonant correlation in Russian", In ICPhS-14, 235-236.