8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

Phonetic Geminates in Cypriot Greek: The Case of Voiceless Plosives

Christiana Christodoulou

University of British Columbia, Canada

The research presented in this paper provides evidence toward the existence of geminates in Cypriot Greek (hereinafter, CyG). Toward this end, statistical analysis supports significant durational differences in closure duration, the cross-linguistic correlate to gemination. However, since the language maintains an audible distinction between the two phonemic categories and since closure duration cannot be measured in utterance initial environments, another/alternative correlate is necessary. Contrary to previous studies [2] and [7] this paper argues, supported by highly significant durational differences, that VOT is the primary correlate to gemination for CyG geminate plosives, because this correlate

is available utterance initially. Preliminary statistical analysis suggests an effect of the vowel following the target segment, a fact that could facilitate in resolving the phonological representation of utterance initial geminates.

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Bibliographic reference.  Christodoulou, Christiana (2007): "Phonetic geminates in cypriot greek: the case of voiceless plosives", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 1014-1017.