Loci of Palatalized vs Nonpalatalized Prevocalic Plosives in Lithuanian Cover Image

Palatalizuotų ir nepalatalizuotų prevokalinių lietuvių kalbos sprogstamųjų priebalsių lokusai
Loci of Palatalized vs Nonpalatalized Prevocalic Plosives in Lithuanian

Author(s): Rytis Ambrazevičius
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Vytauto Didžiojo Universitetas Švietimo akademija
Keywords: palatalization; plosives; formants; loci

Summary/Abstract: The results of measurements of F2 and F3 loci for prevocalic palatalized and nonpalatalized plosives in the standard Lithuanian language are presented. They confirm the general findings for other languages as well as for sonants in Lithuanian (Ambrazevičius, 2010), namely that F2 loci are the most significant and also relatively simply evaluated cues for differentiation between palatalized and nonpalatalized consonants. F2 loci for palatalized and plain versions of various (bilabial, dental-alveolar, and velar) plosives are compared and interpreted. Perturbation theory is applied for the interpretation. Additionally, the corresponding comparisons between the plosives and homorganic sonants, and between the Lithuanian and English plosives are performed. Influence of regressive coarticulation (effect of succeeding vowels) on the loci is discussed. The methods developed could be applied for future investigations of palatalization of consonants in the standard Lithuanian language as well as in Lithuanian dialects.

  • Issue Year: 14/2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 13-18
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Lithuanian