Identifying places of articulation in coronal consonants: a combined EPG and listening test  

Peder Livijn & Olle Engstrand

Proceedings of Fonetik 2001, the XIVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, Örenäs, May 30 - June 1, 2001. Working Papers, Department of Linguistics, Lund University 49: 108-111

ABSTRACT

A listening test was carried out to explore Swedish listeners’ capability of distinguishing place contrasts in the dental/alveolar region. The speech material consisted of recordings of /t d n l/ in a V_V context, during which place of articulation was shifted continuously from dental to postalveolar. ‘Dental’, ‘alveolar’ and ‘postalveolar’ stimuli were selected on the basis of simultaneous EPG records. Whereas listeners identified the dental and postalveolar stimuli well above chancebut with a considerable degree of individual variationthere was a marked uncertainty about the alveolar stimuli. In consequence, the results do not allow the conclusion that Swedish listeners are capable of identifying more than two places of articulation for coronals in a cross-language or cross-dialectal speech material.

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