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Stevens, Mary and Hajek, John (2007): Towards a phonetic conspectus of preaspiration. Acoustic evidence from sienese Italian. In: Trouvain, Jürgen (ed.) : Proceedings of the XVIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Vol. 1. Saarbrücken: Univ. des Saarlandes. pp. 429-432 [PDF, 906kB]


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.

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