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

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

Some Characteristics of VOT in Plosives Produced by Speakers of English and Portuguese

Paulina D. Artimonte Rocca, Marcello Marcelino

Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Department of Linguistics, São Paulo, Brazil

Our present research investigates how speakers with distinct linguistic backgrounds differ in their production of voiceless plosives in both English and Portuguese as far as VOT lag is concerned. A group of 5 speakers were the subjects of the experiment: a Brazilian learner of English at intermediate level, a Brazilian speaker of English with linguistic knowledge, three bilinguals Portuguese/ English, one of them with Portuguese as his first language and the other two with English as their first language. The speech material consisted of 9 Portuguese words and 8 English words in carrier sentences. The recordings were submitted to acoustic analyses using the CSRE (Canadian Speech Research Environment). The VOT of /p, t, k/ were measured and compared. The results of the research are discussed on the factors that seem to lead the distinct speakers to present different VOT patterns in both languages which go from partial phonetic approximation to a complete command of the languages.

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Bibliographic reference.  Rocca, Paulina D. Artimonte / Marcelino, Marcello (1999): "Some characteristics of VOT in plosives produced by speakers of English and Portuguese", In ICPhS-14, 1425-1428.