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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Final Devoicing and Syllabification in German Consonant Clusters: A Phonetic Investigation

Hans Georg Piroth

Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

There is a broad agreement that the scope of final devoicing is the syllable coda and that it affects all coda obstruents. Nevertheless, pronunciation dictionaries of German list a number of examples with consonant clusters where voiced plosives occur in syllable-final position. On the other hand, according to these dictionaries there are devoiced word-final plosive clusters with its rightmost member moving to syllable-initial position in alternating forms of the deflection paradigm. The present study investigates the phonetic realization of those clusters by analyzing the production of voicing and aspiration in the acoustic speech signal. The results indicate strong intra- and inter-individual variablity in the realization of the phonetic surface forms.

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Bibliographic reference.  Piroth, Hans Georg (2003): "Final devoicing and syllabification in German consonant clusters: a phonetic investigation", In ICPhS-15, 2749-2752.