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

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

A Gestural Solution for Some Glide Epenthesis Problems

Eleonora C. Albano

LAFAPE, IEL, UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brazil

Palatal glide epenthesis between a non-front vowel and syllable-final [s] is problematic for Articulatory Phonology because it is not always reducible to gesture overlap or magnitude reduction. A non-derivational account assuming lexical “insertion” will, in turn, make it impossible to distinguish between “underlying” and “derived” glides. Brazilian Portuguese has some [j] epenthesis cases where the latter behave differently from the former. A conventional symbolic, autosegmental analysis can represent such a distinction, but leaves the associated phonetic variability and prosodic conditioning unexplained. This paper presents a proposal for accommodating the description of such phenomena within the framework of gestural phonology.

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Bibliographic reference.  Albano, Eleonora C. (1999): "A gestural solution for some glide epenthesis problems", In ICPhS-14, 1785-1788.