10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Word-Final [t]-Deletion: An Analysis on the Segmental and Sub-Segmental Level

Barbara Schuppler (1), Wim van Dommelen (2), Jacques Koreman (2), Mirjam Ernestus (1)

(1) Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands
(2) NTNU, Norway

This paper presents a study on the reduction of word-final [t]s in conversational standard Dutch. Based on a large amount of tokens annotated on the segmental level, we show that the bigram frequency and the segmental context are the main predictors for the absence of [t]s. In a second study, we present an analysis of the detailed acoustic properties of word-final [t]s and we show that bigram frequency and context also play a role on the sub-segmental level. This paper extends research on the realization of /t/ in spontaneous speech and shows the importance of incorporating sub-segmental properties in models of speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Schuppler, Barbara / Dommelen, Wim van / Koreman, Jacques / Ernestus, Mirjam (2009): "Word-final [t]-deletion: an analysis on the segmental and sub-segmental level", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 2275-2278.