Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Phonetic, Phonological, Morpho-Syntactic and Semantic Functons of Segmental Duration in Spoken Telugu: Acoustic Evidence

K. Nagamma Reddy

Dept. of Linguistics, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India

This paper examines different aspects of the duration of Telugu speech sounds at both word level and sentence level, which is not only effective in contributing towards a better understanding of the spoken language, but is also essential for theoretical, practical and clinical applications. Telugu has multidimensional organization of segmental duration. It has various contrastive functions of duration at different levels of linguistic signal. There is a contrastive duration both in vowels and consonants at the phonological segmental level and the duration also combines with other higher level structures to bring out the difference in meaning. The intrinsic duration of segments also varies depending upon the (sound) type, position in the utterance, surrounding phonetic context, number of syllables in a word and so forth. Variations in duration of the segments have been correlated with phonetic, phonological, syllable, word, morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic and some other levels of speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Reddy, K. Nagamma (1994): "Phonetic, phonological, morpho-syntactic and semantic functons of segmental duration in spoken telugu: acoustic evidence", In ICSLP-1994, 379-382.