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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


An Acoustic Approach to Galician Gheada

Sabela Labraña-Barrero, Carlos van Oosterzee

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

This study is a first attempt at providing an acoustic description of the dialectal phonetic phenomenon called gheada ([ħe'a˕ða]) in Galician, which covers a wide range of back fricative consonants. After making recordings in the areas of Galicia where gheada is used, we performed acoustic and perceptual analyses to describe the phonetic realizations of the consonant. We noted some regularity in the distribution of the variants. Our results indicate that this regularity seems to depend on the geographical area from which the recordings were obtained. We also observed a further distribution according to the surrounding vowels of the sounds dealt with.

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Bibliographic reference.  Labraña-Barrero, Sabela / Oosterzee, Carlos van (2003): "An acoustic approach to Galician gheada", In ICPhS-15, 945-948.