Lenition and phonemic overlap in Rome Italian

José Ignacio Hualde, Marianna Nadeu Rota

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to offer acoustic evidence for an unusual phonemic contrast in Rome Italian. In our corpus, about half of all tokens of intervocalic /p t k/ are realized with uninterrupted voicing (both word-internally and across word boundaries). Furthermore, the voiced realizations of /t/ and /k/ do not significantly differ from /d/ and /g/ in duration and/or degree of constriction (as acoustically determined). Phonemic contrast is maintained under substantial phonetic overlap. Regarding the labials, duration keeps /p/ and /b/ apart. Contrary to the universal tendency, it is /b/ that is considerably longer, due to complex diachronic facts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-242
Number of pages28
JournalPhonetica
Volume68
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

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  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
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Hualde, J. I., & Nadeu Rota, M. (2012). Lenition and phonemic overlap in Rome Italian. Phonetica, 68(4), 215-242. https://doi.org/10.1159/000334303
Hualde, José Ignacio ; Nadeu Rota, Marianna. / Lenition and phonemic overlap in Rome Italian. In: Phonetica. 2012 ; Vol. 68, No. 4. pp. 215-242.
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Hualde, JI & Nadeu Rota, M 2012, 'Lenition and phonemic overlap in Rome Italian', Phonetica, vol. 68, no. 4, pp. 215-242. https://doi.org/10.1159/000334303

Lenition and phonemic overlap in Rome Italian. / Hualde, José Ignacio; Nadeu Rota, Marianna.

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