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

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

Production Strategies in German Spontaneous Speech: Definite and Indefinite Articles

Thomas Wesener

Institute of Phonetics and Digital Speech Processing, University of Kiel, Germany

This study examines the sentence-level phonetics of function words in of the speech signal. spontaneous speech. Data from a corpus of spontaneous speech offer insight into the phonetic variability of the German definite and indefinite articles. Three issues are addressed: a) glottal activity at the onset of the indefinite articles; b) approximation, nasalisation and This section presents two topics: laryngeal activity at the onset of the fricativisation of the initial /d/ in the definite articles; c) assimilation vowel, and realisations of the final nasals, in particular their and deletion of final nasals in both types of articles. An attempt is assimilation of place to following sounds. made to relate these phenomena. The findings for spontaneous speech are compared to those for a corpus of read speech. The results broaden traditional accounts of the phonetics of these items and shed light on the relation of spontaneous and read speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Wesener, Thomas (1999): "Production strategies in German spontaneous speech: definite and indefinite articles", In ICPhS-14, 687-690.