16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Dresden, Germany
September 6-10, 2015

Unintuitive Phonetic Behavior in Tswana Post-Nasal Stops

Jagoda Bruni, Daniel Duran, Grzegorz Dogil

Universität Stuttgart, Germany

This article describes the phonetic process of post-nasal devoicing in Tswana. We propose a multi-agent exemplar model with various interaction schemes which include factors like functional and social biases in order to account for this counter-intuitive phenomenon. Our novel hybrid multi-agent modeling framework facilitates investigation of sound change by combining the sociophonetic model of Nettle [22] and the exemplar-based model of Wedel [26] into a single unified model.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bruni, Jagoda / Duran, Daniel / Dogil, Grzegorz (2015): "Unintuitive phonetic behavior in tswana post-nasal stops", In INTERSPEECH-2015, 1725-1729.