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

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

On the Reduction of Consonant Clusters in Polish According to Emotional Situation

P. Durand (1), R. Gubrynowicz (2)

(1) Laboratoire "Parole et Langage", Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
(2) Speech Acoustics Laboratory, Institute of Fundamental Research of Technology, Warsaw, Poland

The present study investigates the effect of speaking style on the temporal structure of fricative-affricate clusters. It is well known that duration of vocalic as well as non-vocalic portions of speech are affected by a large number of linguistic and nonlinguistic factors (e.g. stress and speaking rate) To study the reduction phenomena in fricative-affricate clusters the Polish BABEL Database was applied. The main part of this database is composed of 40 short passages related to different ”normal” speech situations, such as telephone calling, narration or inquiry. Recordings of four speakers with different characteristic speaking rates were analyzed and described. The preliminary results concerning the importance of such factors affecting fricative-affricate cluster timing as the rate of speaking and stress are given.

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Bibliographic reference.  Durand, P. / Gubrynowicz, R. (1999): "On the reduction of consonant clusters in Polish according to emotional situation", In ICPhS-14, 2113-2115.