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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


The Phonetics of Resyllabification in English and Arabic Speech

Kenneth de Jong, Kyoko Okamura, Byung-jin Lim

Indiana University, USA

Rate-induced resyllabification is a speech production phenomenon in which repeated coda consonants, when repeated at fast rates, shift in affiliation to a following vowel. This phenomenon has been cited as evidence for modes in articulatory coordination which underlie cross-linguistic tendencies in syllabic patterning. The current paper investigates whether resyllabification generalizes from English to Arabic. A speaker of American English, and of Jordanian Arabic repeated syllables in time to a rate-varied metronome. Glottal movement was recorded using endoscopic glottal transillumination. The English speaker shows a juncture-marking glottal stop at slow rates which becomes replaced by a devoicing gesture at fast rates. The Arabic speaker tends to retain the onset glottal stops at fast rates, and also introduces a glottal abduction in coda position. These effects appear due to linguistic differences between Arabic and English. Hence, linguistic usage partially determines what articulatory modes appear in speech production tasks.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jong, Kenneth de / Okamura, Kyoko / Lim, Byung-jin (2003): "The phonetics of resyllabification in English and Arabic speech", In ICPhS-15, 2621-2624.