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

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


On Stressed Vowel Durations, Vowel-Consonant Contact Types and Syllable Shapes in the Italo-Romance Area

Arianna Uguzzoni (1), Massimo Pettorino (2), Lorenzo Filipponio (1)

(1) Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
(2) Istituto Universitario Orientale, Napoli, Italy

This study deals with three phenomena found in Italo-Romance area and discusses their interplay. Both phonological and phonetic data support the claim that in the Frignanese dialects investigated the vowel quantity contrast is the crucial fact and a good predictor for the other phenomena under analysis, namely the different ways of linking the stressed vowel with the following consonant and the different syllabification types in disyllables. It is unquestionable that in Frignano area stress conditions the occurrence of vowel quantity contrasts; moreover, in a tentative way, we propose that stress co-determines the differences found in vowel-consonant contact and in syllabification. It is worth noticing that in Frignanese dialects the main acoustic correlate of stress is vowel intensity and that in world languages displaying systematic close/loose contact distinction a strong dynamic stress is associated with the presence of close contact after short vowels.

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Bibliographic reference.  Uguzzoni, Arianna / Pettorino, Massimo / Filipponio, Lorenzo (1999): "On stressed vowel durations, vowel-consonant contact types and syllable shapes in the Italo-Romance area", In ICPhS-14, 2209-2210.