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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Articulatory Evidence for Nasal De-Occlusivization in Castilian

Douglas N. Honorof

Haskins Laboratories, USA

The literature on intervocalic consonants in Spanish attests to the spirantization of voiced oral stops except in absolute initial position and immediately following certain homorganic consonants. Surprisingly, in the present investigation, analysis of magnetometer data from multiple native speakers of Castilian suggests that voiced singleton nasal stops may also de-occlusivize generally, including in those environments reported elsewhere for the spirantization of /b, d, g/. Implications for theories of intrinsic and extrinsic timing are discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Honorof, Douglas N. (2003): "Articulatory evidence for nasal de-occlusivization in Castilian", In ICPhS-15, 1759-1762.