Place of articulation for coronals in some Swedish dialects  

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: 112-115


A listening test was carried out to test the hypotheses that, in the Swedish dialects 1) /d/ is frequently produced at an alveolar place of articulation whereas /t/ tends to be consistently dental; 2) the sonorant coronals /n/ and /l/ pattern with /t/ in being dental rather than alveolar; 3) alveolar /d/ productions have shorter closure duration than dental /d/ productions; and 4) /d/, unlike /t/, is frequently approximantised. The speech material consisted of the above coronal consonants produced in /V/_/V/ context by male speakers of 31 Swedish dialects. The hypotheses were essentially supported by the data. Aerodynamic considerations suggested that the different /t/ and /d/ patterns may reflect alternative solutions to the conflict between stop production and voicing.

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