Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Spirantization of /p t k/ in Sienese Italian and So-Called Semi-Fricatives

Mary Stevens, John Hajek

University of Melbourne, Australia

This paper presents the results of a first acoustic phonetic investigation into voiceless spirantization in the variety of Tuscan Italian spoken in Siena. Based on spontaneous speech data (6 speakers), we focus upon occurrences of a phonetic variant, previously referred to as a 'semi-fricative'. Intermediate between a voiceless stop and a voiceless fricative, it is reported to occur in Pisan (e.g. [1], [2]) but not Florentine Italian (e.g. [3]).

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Bibliographic reference.  Stevens, Mary / Hajek, John (2005): "Spirantization of /p t k/ in Sienese Italian and so-called semi-fricatives", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 2893-2896.