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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Velar Movements in French: An Articulatory and Acoustical Analysis of Coarticulation

Solange Rossato, Pierre Badin, Florence Bouaouni

ICP-CNRS, France

This study deals with the effects of spatial and contextual coarticulation on the velar position in vowels and consonants, and on the associated acoustic outputs. We present first an articulatory analysis of velar movements for consonants and vowels recorded for a French male subject uttering a corpus of VCV sequences. The velum in nasal consonants appears to be surprisingly high in comparison with nasal vowels. Moreover, a clear overlap between the ranges of velum height for oral vowels and nasal consonants was found. A strong carryover effect was observed for vowels at the articulatory level, though this did not systematically result in significant effects on the acoustic spectral peaks. Anticipatory velar movements were never observed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Rossato, Solange / Badin, Pierre / Bouaouni, Florence (2003): "Velar movements in French: an articulatory and acoustical analysis of coarticulation", In ICPhS-15, 3141-3144.