ISCA Archive PPST 1991
ISCA Archive PPST 1991

Acoustic and lexical vowel reduction

Dick R. van Bergem

In this paper two different types of vowel reduction are discussed. Acoustic vowel reduction is a loss of vowel quality due to a relaxed articulation in less informative parts of an utterance. The effect of acoustic vowel reduction is illustrated with an experiment. Lexical vowel reduction is the substitution of one vowel by another that is easier to pronounce. It is hypothesized that lexical vowel reduction is the systematic extension of acoustic vowel reduction.

Cite as: Bergem, D.R.v. (1991) Acoustic and lexical vowel reduction. Proc. ESCA Workshop on Phonetics and Phonology of Speaking Styles, paper 010

  author={Dick R. van Bergem},
  title={{Acoustic and lexical vowel reduction}},
  booktitle={Proc. ESCA Workshop on Phonetics and Phonology of Speaking Styles},
  pages={paper 010}