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Stevens, Mary and Hajek, John (2005): Spirantization of /p t k/ in Sienese Italian and so-called semi-fricatives. Interspeech 2005, 4. - 8. September 2005, Lissabon. [PDF, 297kB]


This paper presents the results of a first acoustic phonetic investigation into voiceless spirantization in the variety of Tuscan Italian spoken in Siena. Based on spontaneous speech data (6 speakers), we focus upon occurrences of a phonetic variant, previously referred to as a ‘semi-fricative’. Intermediate between a voiceless stop and a voiceless fricative, it is reported to occur in Pisan (e.g. [1], [2]) but not Florentine Italian (e.g. [3]).

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