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Title: Temporal acoustic correlates of the voicing contrast in European Portuguese stops
Author: Marisa Lousada
Institution: Aveiro University
Author: Luis M. T. Jesus
Institution: Aveiro University
Author: Andreia Hall
Institution: Aveiro University
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: Portuguese
Abstract: This study focuses on the temporal analysis of stops /p b t d k ɡ/ and devoicing analysis of voiced stops /b d ɡ/ produced in different word positions by six native speakers of European Portuguese. The study explores acoustic properties related to voicing. The following acoustic properties were measured: voice onset time (VOT), stop duration, closure duration, release duration, voicing into closure duration, duration of the preceding vowel and duration of the following vowel. Results suggested that when [b d ɡ] were devoiced, the acoustic properties stop duration, closure duration, duration of the following vowel, duration of the preceding vowel and duration of voicing into closure were relevant for the voicing distinction. Implications for research and practice in speech and language therapy are discussed. Further investigation is needed to find how the productions analysed in the present study were perceived by listeners, specifically productions of devoiced stops.


This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 40, Issue 3.

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