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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Articulatory Investigations of Assimilatory Processes in German Spontaneous Speech

Reinhold Greisbach (1), Doris Mücke (2), Maja Warnking (2)

(1) Universität Frankfurt a.M., Germany
(2) Universität zu Köln, Germany

Articulatory investigations employing electropalatography (EPG) can be used to study processes of assimilation in spontaneous speech. EPG was applied in this investigation in order to analyze the execution of apical closing gestures. Reduction phenomena and incomplete execution of the articulatory gestures observed fall in line with descriptions known from acoustic databases of spontaneous speech and can be explained with the rules of German phrase phonetics. It will be shown that articulatory investigations may complement acoustic analysis in that information about articulatory gestures not detectable in the acoustic signal alone should become discernible.

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Bibliographic reference.  Greisbach, Reinhold / Mücke, Doris / Warnking, Maja (2003): "Articulatory investigations of assimilatory processes in German spontaneous speech", In ICPhS-15, 2969-2972.