ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2009

Investigating /l/ variation in English through forced alignment

Jiahong Yuan, Mark Liberman

We present a new method for measuring the “darkness” of /l/, and use it to investigate the variation of English /l/ in a large speech corpus that is automatically aligned with phones predicted from an orthographic transcript. We found a correlation between the rime duration and /l/-darkness for syllable-final /l/, but no correlation between /l/ duration and darkness for syllable-initial /l/. The data showed a clear difference between clear and dark /l/ in English, and also showed that syllable-final /l/ was less dark preceding an unstressed vowel than preceding a consonant or a word boundary.


doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-630

Cite as: Yuan, J., Liberman, M. (2009) Investigating /l/ variation in English through forced alignment. Proc. Interspeech 2009, 2215-2218, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2009-630

@inproceedings{yuan09_interspeech,
  author={Jiahong Yuan and Mark Liberman},
  title={{Investigating /l/ variation in English through forced alignment}},
  year=2009,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2009},
  pages={2215--2218},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2009-630}
}