Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Voice and Aspiration in German and East Bengali Stops: A Cross-Language Study

Simone Mikuteit

University of Konstanz, Germany

This production study investigates temporal and F0 cues (closure duration, release duration and F0 perturbations of the following vowel) in respect to voice and aspiration in German and East Bengali geminate stop consonants. The objective is to compare the stops of the two languages according to their phonetic correspondence on the one side and to their phonological correspondence on the other. The results of the phonetic comparison show that the German and East Bengali stops behave analogically for closure duration and release duration, while phonologically there are some differences for these temporal properties. The F0 analysis revealed different curves for the stops of the corresponding phonetic classification but similarity for stops of the same phonological classification. The latter findings suggest that speakers actively adjust or influence F0 height, in order to match it to the stop's phonological classification in the particular language.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Mikuteit, Simone (2005): "Voice and aspiration in German and east bengali stops: a cross-language study", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 2873-2876.