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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


The Production and Perception of Word-Initial Geminates in Cypriot Greek

Jennifer S. Muller

United States Department of Defense, USA

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.

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Bibliographic reference.  Muller, Jennifer S. (2003): "The production and perception of word-initial geminates in Cypriot Greek", In ICPhS-15, 1867-1870.