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

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


The Interaction between Final Lengthening and Accentual Lengthening: Dutch versus English

Tina Cambier-Langeveld

University of Amsterdam/HIL, the Netherlands

Based on results from previous experiments, the hypothesis is tested that there is an interaction between final lengthening and accentual lengthening in Dutch, but not in English. To this end, a production experiment was run for both languages with accented and unaccented words in three positions in the phrase. The results confirm the above hypothesis. Furthermore, the distribution of final lengthening and accentual lengthening in disyllabic words with initial stress is investigated. To avoid an interaction between accentual lengthening and final lengthening, Dutch speakers could realize the former on the first syllable and the latter on the second. Instead, however, there is a lack of accentual lengthening in final position in disyllabic words as much as in monosyllabic words.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cambier-Langeveld, Tina (1999): "The interaction between final lengthening and accentual lengthening: Dutch versus English", In ICPhS-14, 467-470.