Stevens, Mary; Hajek, John (2007): Towards a phonetic conspectus of preaspiration. Acoustic evidence from sienese Italian. International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 6. - 10. August 2007, Saarbrücken.




Preaspiration, i.e. [hC], is a rare feature of stop production in the world’s languages that has been recently found to occur in Sienese Italian. We present a qualitative acoustic-phonetic description of voiceless geminate stops /p: t: k:/ with preaspiration that occurred in a corpus of spontaneous Sienese Italian speech (6 speakers). We outline the different fine-grained realizations of preaspiration and discuss the findings in the context of our general knowledge of the phenomenon across languages.