11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Post-Aspiration in Standard Italian: Some First Cross-Regional Acoustic Evidence

Mary Stevens (1), John Hajek (2)

(1) LMU München, Germany
(2) University of Melbourne, Australia

Voiceless geminate stops in Italian are typically described as unaspirated in all positions. However, recent acoustic phonetic analysis of part of a corpus of standard Italian speech data has shown that the geminate voiceless stops /pp tt kk/ are frequently realized with both preaspiration i.e. [hC] and post-aspiration. This paper focuses on the latter phenomenon, presenting acoustic phonetic evidence in the form of VOT duration values for /pp tt kk/ tokens recorded in 15 Italian cities (based on the CLIPS corpus of spoken Italian). The co-occurrence of post-aspiration with preaspiration is considered and results are discussed with a focus on regional patterns.

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Bibliographic reference.  Stevens, Mary / Hajek, John (2010): "Post-aspiration in standard Italian: some first cross-regional acoustic evidence", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 1557-1560.