Distribution of dental and retroflex l-sounds across some Swedish dialects  

Peder Livijn

Fonetik 2002, the XVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, Fysikcentrum, Stockholm, May 29 - 31, 2002. Quartely Progress and Status Report (Department of Speech, Music and Hearing and Centre for Speech Technology, KTH, Stockholm) 44: 25-28.

ABSTRACT

The distribution of dental and retroflex /l/ variants was examined in 29 Swedish dialects spoken in Central Sweden and Southern Finland. An auditory analysis suggested a fair amount of dialect separation in terms of dental and retroflex /l/. Productions were either a) consistently dental, b) consistently retroflex or c) dental in intervocalic position and retroflex in initial cluster position. Acoustically, dental and retroflex /l/ productions were well separated on the basis of F3 and duration.

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