Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

Acoustic Properties of Foreign Accent: VOT Variations in Moroccan-Accented Italian

Laura Mori (1), Melissa Barkat-Defradas (2)

(1) Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza', Italy; (2) ICAR-CNRS, France

The present study investigates the temporal parameter of VOT from a cross-language perspective, as far as native Moroccan, native Italian and Moroccan-accented Italian are concerned. The comparative analysis carried out underlines a language effect on the VOT duration across the three language varieties. The statistical test points out VOT as one of the acoustic properties that characterize the foreign accent, being the long-lag /t/ and the long-lag aspirated /k/ interlanguage markers due to L1 phonetic interference.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mori, Laura / Barkat-Defradas, Melissa (2005): "Acoustic properties of foreign accent: VOT variations in Moroccan-accented Italian", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 2909-2912.