Distribution and trichotomic realization of voiced velars in Japanese - An experimental study

Shin Ichiro Sano, Tomohiko Ooigawa

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Abstract

In this paper, we demonstrate the trichotomic realization of voiced velars in Japanese, challenging the traditional plosive/nasal dichotomy of velar allophones, and examine the distribution of these allophones taking phonetic/phonological factors into account. We conducted the quantitative analysis based on some speech production experiments. The results show that voiced velars are more likely to realize as plosives in word-initial positions, as nasals in post-nasal positions, and as fricatives in sequential contexts; velars in word-initial positions can realize as fricatives; the decline of velar-nasalization has been accelerated; following vowels and dialectal differences can affect the distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages1545-1548
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association: Spoken Language Processing for All, INTERSPEECH 2010 - Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
Duration: 2010 Sep 262010 Sep 30

Other

Other11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association: Spoken Language Processing for All, INTERSPEECH 2010
CountryJapan
CityMakuhari, Chiba
Period10/9/2610/9/30

Keywords

  • Japanese
  • Phonological context
  • Speech production
  • Spirantization
  • Velar-nasalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing

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    Sano, S. I., & Ooigawa, T. (2010). Distribution and trichotomic realization of voiced velars in Japanese - An experimental study. 1545-1548. Paper presented at 11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association: Spoken Language Processing for All, INTERSPEECH 2010, Makuhari, Chiba, Japan.