14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
This study deals with the syllable as a reliable unit to distinguish between glides and vowels. Starting from a gestural framework implemented in an articulatory speech synthesizer we generated stimuli varying from syllabic to non-syllabic /i/- sounds in prevocalic positions of German. Avoiding qualitative effects we reduced the corresponding vocalic gestures in their magnitude by manipulating the gestural eigenperiod which controls the velocity of the gesture-executing articulator towards its spatial target. The transition of syllabic (vowel) to non-syllabic (glide) function were tested by two groups of listeners: 150 native speakers of German and 69 speakers of German as a second language.
Bibliographic reference. Mücke, Doris / Stoffel, Frank C. / Kröger, Bernd J. (1999): "The syllable as a perceptive criterion to distinguish between vowels and glides", In ICPhS-14, 2473-2476.