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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Cine MRI Data of Korean Affricates: Implications for Their Place of Articulation

Hyunsoon Kim

Hongik University, Korea

A cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) experiment of the Korean lenis, aspirated and fortis affricates /c, ch, c'/ and plosives /t, th, t'/ was conducted to examine where the tongue contact and constriction occur during and after oral closure of the affricates in comparison with those of the plosives and how the apex and the blade position are made, as a function of time, in the production of the consonants. Based on the results of the MRI experiment, we propose that the affricates are alveolar like the plosives with the difference in apicality/laminality which is not distinctive in Korean.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kim, Hyunsoon (2003): "Cine MRI data of Korean affricates: implications for their place of articulation", In ICPhS-15, 1767-1770.