The Role of Anterior Lingual Gesture Delay in Coda /r/ Lenition: An Ultrasound Tongue Imaging Study

Lawson, E., Scobbie, J. and Stuart-Smith, J. (2015) The Role of Anterior Lingual Gesture Delay in Coda /r/ Lenition: An Ultrasound Tongue Imaging Study. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015, ISBN 9780852619414

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We investigate the contribution that lingual gesture delay makes to lenition of postvocalic /r/. This study uses a socially-stratified, audio-ultrasound corpus of Scottish English containing recordings from two sociolects; one with postvocalic /r/ weakening and the other with strengthening. We quantify auditory strength of rhoticity and the timing of the anterior lingual gesture relative to the offset of voicing in CVr words: bar, bore, fur, or onset of a following consonant in CVrC words: farm, herb, burp, in order to show that there is a statistically significant correlation between weak rhoticity and a late articulatory gesture. Our ultrasound data also show that during the process of final consonant vocalization/deletion, underlying articulatory gestures may persist.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lawson, Dr Eleanor and Stuart-Smith, Professor Jane
Authors: Lawson, E., Scobbie, J., and Stuart-Smith, J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Published Online:09 August 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
551731Seeing the Links in the Speaker-Hearer Chain: An investigation of the transmission of articulatory variation using Ultrasound Tongue ImagingJane Stuart-SmithEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/I036400/1CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS