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

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

A Perceptual Study of Vowels before /r/

Joshua Guenter, Julie A. Lewis, Margaret Urban

University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Phonemic categorization of the “R-colored vowels” has been approached in many different ways. This experiment provides comprehensive data from vowel similarity judgments made by California English speakers. The results of this experiment support the classification of these vowels as monophonemic diphthongs akin to /aj aw/. In the same experiment, we also investigate the phonological status of vowels before /l/ and /ŋ/.

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Bibliographic reference.  Guenter, Joshua / Lewis, Julie A. / Urban, Margaret (1999): "A perceptual study of vowels before /r/", In ICPhS-14, 2461-2464.