Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Italian Clusters in Continuous Speech

Edda Farnetani (1), M. Grazia Busa (2)

(1) Centro Fonetica CNR, Padova, Italy
(2) Dip. LLSM, Universita di Bologna, Italy

This study explores the spatio-temporal interactions between Cl and C2 in Italian clusters in the light of current phonological theories. The clusters are /nt/, /nt?/, /n?/, /nk/, /kn/, /nr/ and /rn/, they were produced in continuous speech, and analyzed with EPG. The results indicate that neither featural nor gestural phonology alone can fully account for the data in this study. In particular in the clusters of alveolar + postalveolar or prepalatal, Cl seems to undergo graded changes as a function of C2 in two of the three subjects, while in the alveolar + velar clusters the data clearly indicate that a categorical process of assimilation is at work. The clusters of alveolar + trill show deletion of the first gesture in 95% of the cases.

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Bibliographic reference.  Farnetani, Edda / Busa, M. Grazia (1994): "Italian clusters in continuous speech", In ICSLP-1994, 359-362.