Adaptive Dispersion Theory and Phonological Vowel Reduction in Russian

  title={Adaptive Dispersion Theory and Phonological Vowel Reduction in Russian},
  author={Jaye Padgett and Marija Tabain},
  volume={62 1},
Russian exhibits a rich pattern of phonological vowel reduction, by which some vowel contrasts are neutralized in unstressed syllables. Recent work in phonology suggests a mechanism by which phonetic vowel reduction--compression of the overall vowel space due to target undershoot--might lead to patterns like Russian. Presenting acoustic data from 9 speakers of Russian, we use Euclidean distance measures, measures of F1-F0 and F2-F1, and Bayesian classification to provide a basic picture of how… CONTINUE READING

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