Acoustic distribution of vowels in differently sized inventories - hot spots or adaptive dispersion?  

Peder Livijn

Proceedings of the XIIIth Swedish Phonetics Conference (FONETIK 2000) Skövde, Sweden, May 24-26, 2000: 93-96.


Twenty-eight differently sized vowel inventories were searched for evidence of acoustically favoured regions ('hot spots') or size-dependent adaptive dispersion patterns. The data did not provide evidence either for an effect of inventory size on the acoustic distance between point vowels or a clustering of vowels into hot spots. The implications of these data for modelling of vowel systems are discussed.

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