The Effects of Syllable and Utterance Position on Tongue Shape and Gestural Magnitude in /l/ and /r/

Lawson, E., Leplatre, G., Stuart-Smith, J. and Scobbie, J. M. (2019) The Effects of Syllable and Utterance Position on Tongue Shape and Gestural Magnitude in /l/ and /r/. In: International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2019), Melbourne, Australia, 5-9 Aug 2019, pp. 432-436. ISBN 9780646800691

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This paper is an ultrasound-based articulatory study of the impact of syllable-position and utterance position on tongue shape and tongue-gesture magnitude in liquid consonants in American, Irish and Scottish English. Mixed effects modelling was used to analyse variation in normalised tonguegesture magnitude for /r/ and /l/ in syllable-onset and coda position and in utterance-initial, medial and final position. Variation between onset and coda mean midsagittal tongue surfaces was also quantified using normalised root-mean-square distances, and patterns of articulatory onset-coda allophony were identified. Despite the fact that some speakers in all varieties used tip-up /r/ in syllable-onset position and bunched /r/ in coda position, RMS distance results show greater degrees of similarity between onset and coda /r/ than between onset and coda /l/. Gesture magnitude was significantly reduced for both /l/ and /r/ in coda position. Utterance position had a significant effect on /l/ only.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lawson, Dr Eleanor and Stuart-Smith, Professor Jane
Authors: Lawson, E., Leplatre, G., Stuart-Smith, J., and Scobbie, J. M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts > 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. 432-436
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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