Investigating Variation in English Vowel-to-Vowel Coarticulation in a Longitudinal Phonetic Corpus

Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2015

5 Pages Posted: 31 May 2017

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Alan Yu

University of Chicago

Carissa Abrego-Collier

University of Chicago

Jacob Phillips

University of Chicago

Betsy Pillion

University of Chicago

Daniel L. Chen

Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse School of Economics, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, University of Toulouse Capitole, Toulouse, France

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Understanding the nature of individual variation in speech, particularly the mechanism underlying such variability, is increasingly important, especially for research on sound change, since such investigations might help explain why sound change happens at all and, conversely, why sound change is so rarely actuated even though the phonetic pre-conditions are always present in speech. The present study contributes to the literature on inter- and intra-speaker variation in coarticulation, a major precursor to sound change, by focusing on the degree of coarticulation stressed vowels have on neighboring unstressed vowels using recordings from a longitudinal phonetic corpus of oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States. Significant inter-speaker variation in height coarticulation, both anticipatory and carryover, is observed, while no evidence for systematic inter-speaker variability in backness coarticulation is found. There is also no evidence for intra-speaker variation in coarticulation over the course of 205 days.

Keywords: coarticulation, corpus phonetics, inter-speaker variation, intra-speaker variation

Suggested Citation

Yu, Alan and Abrego-Collier, Carissa and Phillips, Jacob and Pillion, Betsy and Chen, Daniel L., Investigating Variation in English Vowel-to-Vowel Coarticulation in a Longitudinal Phonetic Corpus (2015). Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2975701

Alan Yu

University of Chicago ( email )

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Carissa Abrego-Collier

University of Chicago

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Jacob Phillips

University of Chicago

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Betsy Pillion

University of Chicago

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Daniel L. Chen (Contact Author)

Directeur de Recherche, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse School of Economics, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, University of Toulouse Capitole, Toulouse, France ( email )

21 allée de Brienne
31015 Toulouse cedex 6 France
Toulouse, 31015
France

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