ISCA Archive Interspeech 2023
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2023

Aberystwyth English Pre-aspiration in Apparent Time

Míša Michaela Hejná, Adèle Jatteau

Do younger speakers of Aberystwyth English (Wales) pre-aspirate more than older ones? Previous research reports that they do, but finds a high degree of individual variation. We build on this work by enlarging the database with the inclusion of younger speakers. We confirm that pre-aspiration increases in frequency and duration in apparent time. We further investigate whether duration analyses are affected when zero duration values are excluded, that is, whether pre-aspiration is indeed longer in younger speakers, or whether it applies more frequently. We find that pre-aspiration applies obligatorily for the majority of speakers, so that excluding zero values does not affect the statistical results. Finally, we examine the interaction of pre-aspiration with pre-glottalisation, and show that pre-glottalisation tends to block the application of pre-aspiration, with individual-specific patterns. The interaction between the two is nevertheless not accounted for by age.

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2023-206

Cite as: Hejná, M.M., Jatteau, A. (2023) Aberystwyth English Pre-aspiration in Apparent Time. Proc. INTERSPEECH 2023, 3532-3536, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2023-206

  author={Míša Michaela Hejná and Adèle Jatteau},
  title={{Aberystwyth English Pre-aspiration in Apparent Time}},
  booktitle={Proc. INTERSPEECH 2023},