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

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


On the Perception of Voicing in Word-Final Stops in German

Peter M. Janker, Hans Georg Piroth

ZAS - Research Centre for General Linguistics, Berlin, Germany

The perceptual capability of recovering underlying voicing in devoiced stops was investigated. In an identification experiment the standard minimal word pair for final devoicing in German - (advice) vs. (wheel) - was used. Items cut from utterances of the simplex words and from compounds were presented in isolation. A correlation analysis revealed that the number of “Rad”-answers to stimuli from compounds significantly increased - contrary to expectation - for shorter vowels and longer occlusions. Additionally, listeners also relied on release durations in their judgment when simplex items were presented.

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Bibliographic reference.  Janker, Peter M. / Piroth, Hans Georg (1999): "On the perception of voicing in word-final stops in German", In ICPhS-14, 2219-2222.