12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Speech Timing Organization for the Phonological Length Contrast in Italian Consonants

Claudio Zmarich (1), Barbara Gili Fivela (2), Pascal Perrier (3), Christophe Savariaux (3), Graziano Tisato (1)

(1) CNR-ISTC, Italy
(2) Università del Salento, Italy
(3) GIPSA, France

In Italian, length contrast is exploited in the consonant system. Previous articulatory studies have focused on the temporal organization of gestures in Italian geminates and on the lower lip kinematics of the singleton/geminate distinction, and have showed that the time interval between the nuclei of two successive syllables does not depend on the number of intervening consonants (Ohman's Vowel-to-Vowel model) - In this paper, data on lip and tongue gestures from four Italian subjects saying "mima" and "mimma" at fast and comfortable rate of delivery are discussed in order to directly test the validity of the Ohman's model for the gestural organization of Italian geminate consonants.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zmarich, Claudio / Fivela, Barbara Gili / Perrier, Pascal / Savariaux, Christophe / Tisato, Graziano (2011): "Speech timing organization for the phonological length contrast in Italian consonants", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 401-404.