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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Velar Stop Voicing in Romance: Data and Phonetic Explanations

Carmen Pensado

University of Salamanca, Spain

The intervocalic voicing of stops in Romance usually begins by /k/. This seems to be in blatant contradiction with the fact that velar stops are intrinsically less voiced. A reassessment of all relevant facts - typological generalizations, Romance diachronic data and their traditional interpretation - is the first step towards an explanation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Pensado, Carmen (2003): "Velar stop voicing in Romance: data and phonetic explanations", In ICPhS-15, 239-240.