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

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


Identification Of Regional Variants in the Standard Slovenian Speech

Bojan Petek

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenian is a Slavic language of 2 million population. Its dialectal structure is very rich and exhibits 7 major dialect groups including more than 40 dialects. This paper addresses pronunciation variants of Slovenian digits that were collected over the fixed network all across Slovenia. Perceptual and acoustic phonetic experiments included measurements of the time normalized formant dynamics for the most confusable digits that were identified in series of isolated digit recognition experiments. Specifically, the main research avenue was to access the frequency and type of variation from the Standard Slovenian digit pronunciation. Recognition results yielded that the most confusable digits are dve `two´ /d v e/, pet `five´ /p e t/ and devet `nine´ /d ɛ v e t/. Perceptual and acoustic phonetic analyses showed that most speakers replied in the Standard Slovenian. Only two major dialectal classes were identified and characterized as diphthongizations of /e/ in the Standard Slovenian pronunciation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Petek, Bojan (1999): "Identification of regional variants in the standard Slovenian speech", In ICPhS-14, 1681-1684.