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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Vowel Nasalization and Nasal Loss in Italian

M. Grazia Busa

Università di Padova, Italy

This paper examines pre-nasal consonant vowel nasalization and nasal consonant loss in Italian using airflow and acoustic waveform data. Speech material consists of Italian words containing VNC sequences where V = /i/ or /a/ and C=voiced and voiceless consonants with different manners and places of articulation. The results show that voiceless fricatives are most conducive to nasalization and nasal loss, and that the process is favored in the presence of a high vowel.

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Bibliographic reference.  Busa, M. Grazia (2003): "Vowel nasalization and nasal loss in Italian", In ICPhS-15, 711-714.