Stevens, Mary; Hajek, John
Spirantization of /p t k/ in Sienese Italian and so-called semi-fricatives.
Interspeech 2005, 4. - 8. September 2005, Lissabon.
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. , ) but not Florentine Italian (e.g. ).