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

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


The Articulation of Secondarily Palatalized Coronals in Polish

Marzena Rochon, Bernd Pompino-Marschall

Humboldt University, Berlin, ZAS - Research Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin, Germany

The articulation of secondarily palatalized vs plain coronals in Polish is studied in a parallel electropalatographical (EPG) and electromagnetic-articulographical (EMA) experiment. The EPG data of four Polish subjects are analyzed with respect to the tongue contact area at the beginning, center and end of the consonantal articulation. The movements of three fleshpoints of the tongue (.5 and 2.5 cm behind the tongue tip and also at .5 cm sublaminally) were recorded by EMA. Their position was measured at velocity minima of the tongue blade corresponding to the consonantal target and to the initial phase of the vocalic portion, respectively. The results show that secondary palatalization in general is realized by raising the predorsum. This holds true for the laminally produced stop [t] as well as for the retroflex fricatives [ʂ] and [ʐ] ([r], which is most often realized as a flap [ɾ] behaves in a similar fashion as the fricatives).

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Bibliographic reference.  Rochon, Marzena / Pompino-Marschall, Bernd (1999): "The articulation of secondarily palatalized coronals in Polish", In ICPhS-14, 1897-1900.