The Effects of Syllable and Sentential Position on the Timing of Lingual Gestures in /l/ and /r/

Lawson, E. and Stuart-Smith, J. (2019) The Effects of Syllable and Sentential Position on the Timing of Lingual Gestures in /l/ and /r/. In: International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2019), Melbourne, Australia, 5-9 Aug 2019, pp. 547-551. ISBN 9780646800691

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This paper is an ultrasound-based articulatory study of the impact of syllable-position and utterance position on gesture timing in liquid consonants in American, Irish and Scottish English. Mixed effects modelling was used to analyse variation in the relative timing of the anterior and posterior lingual gestures for /l/ and /r/ in syllable-onset and coda position and in utterance-initial, medial and final position. Results showed that the component lingual gestures for /l/ and /r/ are coordinated differently in onsets and codas, across the three varieties studied; the anterior lingual gesture tends to precede the posterior gesture in syllable-onset liquids, while this gesture order is reversed for syllable-coda liquids. For /l/, but not /r/, being in utterance-initial and final position results in a significantly increased temporal distance between the two lingual gestures. For coda /r/, prerhotic vowels were found to have a significant impact on the relative timing of lingual gestures.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stuart-Smith, Professor Jane
Authors: Lawson, E., and Stuart-Smith, J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
First Published:First published in Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 pp. 547-551
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
702831Changes in shape, space and time: the impact of position on the spatiotemporal and configurational articulatory properties of liquid consonants.Jane Stuart-SmithEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N008189/1CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS