15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
The production and perception of word-initial geminates and singleton
consonants in Cypriot Greek are investigated. Evidence from word-medial
segments indicates that increased duration is the primary acoustic
feature for geminates. However, it is found that Voice Onset Time
(VOT) serves as a secondary acoustic cue accompanying geminate production.
This cue is crucial to absolute initial stops since their duration cannot be discerned. Results of a perception experiment indicate that listeners are capable of distinguishing initial geminates and singletons, suggesting that VOT is sufficiently salient to indicate segment length.
Bibliographic reference. Muller, Jennifer S. (2003): "The production and perception of word-initial geminates in Cypriot Greek", In ICPhS-15, 1867-1870.