11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Distribution and Trichotomic Realization of Voiced Velars in Japanese - An Experimental Study

Shin-ichiro Sano (1), Tomohiko Ooigawa (2)

(1) International Christian University, Japan
(2) Sophia University, Japan

In this paper, we demonstrate the trichotomic realization of voiced velars in Japanese, challenging the traditional plosive/nasal dichotomy of velar allophones, and examine the distribution of these allophones taking phonetic/phonological factors into account. We conducted the quantitative analysis based on some speech production experiments. The results show that voiced velars are more likely to realize as plosives in word-initial positions, as nasals in post-nasal positions, and as fricatives in sequential contexts; velars in word-initial positions can realize as fricatives; the decline of velarnasalization has been accelerated; following vowels and dialectal differences can affect the distribution.

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Bibliographic reference.  Sano, Shin-ichiro / Ooigawa, Tomohiko (2010): "Distribution and trichotomic realization of voiced velars in Japanese - an experimental study", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1545-1548.