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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Rate Induced Resyllabification and Sonority Scale in Japanese

Mafuyu Kitahara (1), Tadao Murata (2), Haruka Fukazawa (2)

(1) Yamaguchi University, Japan
(2) Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

The present study investigates the rate induced resyllabification process for various consonants and vowels in Japanese. The purpose is to find whether there are articulatory correlates of sonority. The switching point from a VC to a CV syllable was the main dependent variable. Results of an production experiment show that the switching point analysis closely replicates the scale given by sonority.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kitahara, Mafuyu / Murata, Tadao / Fukazawa, Haruka (2003): "Rate induced resyllabification and sonority scale in Japanese", In ICPhS-15, 2641-2644.