15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Coordination of Lingual and Mandibular Gestures for Different Manners of Articulation

Christine Mooshammer (1), Anja Geumann (2), Philip Hoole (2), Peter Alfonso (3), Pascal van Lieshout (4), Susanne Fuchs (5)

(1) Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel, Germany
(2) Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
(3) University of North Dakota, USA
(4) University of Toronto, Canada
(5) Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Germany

In Articulatory Phonology the jaw is not controlled individually but serves as an additional articulator to achieve the primary constriction. In this study the timing of jaw and tongue tip gestures for the coronal consonants /s, ʃ, t, d, n, l/ is analysed by means of EMMA. The findings suggest that the tasks of the jaw for the fricatives are to provide a second noise source and to stabilise the tongue position (more pronounced for /s/). For the voiceless stop, the speakers seem to aim at a high jaw position for producing a prominent burst. For /l/ a low jaw position is essential for avoiding lateral contact and for the apical articulation of this sound.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mooshammer, Christine / Geumann, Anja / Hoole, Philip / Alfonso, Peter / Lieshout, Pascal van / Fuchs, Susanne (2003): "Coordination of lingual and mandibular gestures for different manners of articulation", In ICPhS-15, 81-84.