Duration differences in the articulation and acoustics of Swiss German word-initial geminate and singleton stops.

  title={Duration differences in the articulation and acoustics of Swiss German word-initial geminate and singleton stops.},
  author={A. Kraehenmann and A. Lahiri},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={123 6},
Stops in Swiss German contrast only in quantity in all word positions; aspiration and voicing play no role. As in most languages with consonant quantity contrast, geminate stops are produced with significantly longer closure duration (CD) than singletons in an intersonorant context. This holds word medially as well as phrase medially, e.g., [oni tto:s] "without roar" versus [oni to:s] "without can." Since the stops are voiceless, no CD cue distinguishes geminates from singletons phrase… Expand
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