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The status of variable phonetic output in early speech

Payne, Elinor; Eftychiou, Eftychia; Post, Brechtje; Astruc, Lluïsa; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria (2011). The status of variable phonetic output in early speech. In: The 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), 17-21 August 2011, Hong Kong, China.

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Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of variable outputs in the speech of English-, Spanish- and Catalanspeaking 2 year-olds, to evaluate the evidence for multiple targets. Temporal analysis shows syllable duration is determined by actual segmental composition, compatible with either multiple targets or a process of categorical deletion. However, spectral analysis suggests deletions may be ‘gradient’, with the possibility of a single target subject to variable implementation. This mismatch between (pervasively categorical) temporal and (optionally gradient) articulatory behaviour suggests variable output is not due to a multipleentry lexicon as such, but to a shifting association between articulation and timing tiers, possibly as a result of competing structural templates.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author(s)
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 31466
Depositing User: Lluïsa Astruc
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 16:45
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 23:00
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/31466
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