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Hajek, John and Stevens, Mary (2011): Vowel duration in stressed position in central & northern varieties of standard Italian. A pilot study. Proceedings of the 17th international congress of phonetic sciences, 17. -21. August 2011, Hong Kong.
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Abstract

We report the results of a pilot study investigating the effect of 2 regional accents on stressed vowel duration according to word-position and syllable type in Central v. Northern accents of Standard Italian. While there is overall convergence, we also find significant regional differences in some contexts, i.e. closed syllables, and antepenultimate position. We then consider the implications of our results for the phonological description and phonetic investigation of Italian.