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Department of Cognitive Science

Cogntive Science Alumni

Akiko Onaka

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Acoustic and articulatory properties of intonation in Japanese

Acoustic phonetic properties of individual speech segments have been found to be sensitive to high-level linguistic structure such as their prosodic position (e.g., Dilley et al., 1996). Keating et al. (1999) found that the articulation of consonants at the initial position of higher prosodic domains had more linguopalatal contact and thus a more constricted place of articulation than ones at lower prosodic domains. The domain-initial strengthening effect was found in English, French, Taiwanese and Korean (Keating et al., 1999), but not realised in the same manner, indicating some language specificity. The present research investigates whether domain initial strengthening is found in Japanese and if so whether it is realised in a similar manner to the other language previously studied. The contributions of this study to furthering our understanding of the nature of domain-initial strengthening will be discussed.

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  • Scholarship : iMurs
  • Supervisors : Max Coltheart, Catherine Watson & Sallyanne Palethorpe (Associate) and Jonathan Harrington (External).

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