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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Temporal and Devoicing Analysis of European Portuguese Fricatives

Luis M. T. Jesus (1), Christine H. Shadley (2)

(1) Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
(2) University of Southampton, UK

Duration and devoicing of Portuguese fricatives have been studied using a set of corpora that include nonsense words following Portuguese phonological rules, and real words; these were recorded by four subjects (2 male, 2 female). Results show that fricative duration varies most with voicing (voiceless are longer), and also significantly by speaker, place, and position within word. Devoicing occurs most often word-finally, and varies significantly by place; devoicing occurs more often than in English.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jesus, Luis M. T. / Shadley, Christine H. (2003): "Temporal and devoicing analysis of European Portuguese fricatives", In ICPhS-15, 779-782.