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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Phonological Vowel Reduction in Four Catalan Varieties

Dylan Herrick

University of California at Santa Cruz, USA

To test predictions made by theories of phonological vowel reduction, we require quantitative data to verify and make more precise impressionistic descriptions. Catalan, with phonological vowel reduction in several regional varieties, provides an ideal case study. This paper offers a quantitative description of the stressed and corresponding unstressed vowels of female speakers representing four distinct regional varieties of Catalan - that of Bergueda (representative of Central Catalan - the standard variety), Lleida (Western Catalan), Girona (a northern variety), and Palma (Balearic Catalan). Target vowels appeared in nonsense words which were uttered within a carrier phrase. The formant values for F1-F3 are reported here and compared to impressionistic descriptions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Herrick, Dylan (2003): "Phonological vowel reduction in four Catalan varieties", In ICPhS-15, 1679-1682.