Segment and syllable reduction: preliminary observations
Proceedings of Fonetik 2001, the XIVth Swedish Phonetics Conference, Örenäs, May 30 - June 1, 2001. Working Papers, Department of Linguistics, Lund University 49: 26-29.
Spectrographic data are presented to exemplify effects of segmental reduction on utterance length, measured in terms of number of phonetic syllables per utterance. The speculation is put forward that segmental reorganization in ‘fast speech’ is partly constrained to preserve speaking rate, specified as number of phonetic syllables per unit time.