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

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

Speaking-Rate Effects in Voiceless Stops Produced by Catalan Speakers of English

Lucrecia Rallo Fabra

Laboratori de Fonètica, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Seven native speakers of Catalan, who were relatively proficient in English, produced English /t/ at five speaking rates: very fast, fast, normal, slow and very slow. Duration of VOT and closure interval were measured among other temporal parameters. Analysis of the results revealed three different patterns of production: a group of subjects showed a Catalan-like rate effect: they produced /t/ with short-lag VOT values and they adjusted to changes in rate varying the duration of the closure interval; a second group showed an English-like rate effect adjusting the duration of VOT to rate changes. Finally, a third pattern of production mixed both the Catalan and English models: VOT and closure duration were equally varied across the rates. These results suggest that a group of proficient Catalan speakers of English with limited exposure to the L2, are able to modify VOT across speaking rates in the same way English monolinguals had done in earlier studies.

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Bibliographic reference.  Rallo Fabra, Lucrecia (1999): "Speaking-rate effects in voiceless stops produced by catalan speakers of English", In ICPhS-14, 1417-1420.