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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Phonetic Variability in Eastern Corbières Occitan

Sarah N. Dart

Macalester College, USA

Approximately 150 words were recorded from each of 20 Occitan speakers representing 9 different communities within an area encompassed in roughly a 10 mile radius. The high quality recordings, made with a close-talking noise-canceling headset microphone onto a Tascam DAT recorder, were sampled on a computer and subjected to various acoustic analyses appropriate to the segments in question. The findings include speaker-specific variations in the phonetic vowel space, notably in the number of mid vowel distinctions and the placement of the so-called "front" rounded vowel. Also of interest are the realizations of single and geminate lateral, rhotic and nasal consonants.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dart, Sarah N. (2003): "Phonetic variability in Eastern Corbières Occitan", In ICPhS-15, 3057-3060.