High front vowels in Czech: a contrast in quantity or quality?


We investigate the perception and production of Czech / / and / /, a contrast traditionally described as quantitative. First, we show that the spectral difference between the vowels is for many Czechs as strong a cue as (or even stronger than) duration. Second, we test the hypothesis that this shift towards vowel quality as a perceptual cue for this contrast resulted in weakening of the durational differentiation in production. Our measurements confirm this: members of the / /-/ / pair differed in duration much less than those of other short-long pairs. We interpret these findings in terms of Lindblom’s H&H theory.

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@inproceedings{Podlipsk2009HighFV, title={High front vowels in Czech: a contrast in quantity or quality?}, author={V{\'a}clav Jon{\'a}s Podlipsk{\'y} and Radek Skarnitzl and Jan Vol{\'i}n}, booktitle={INTERSPEECH}, year={2009} }