Phonetic variation in Italian consonant gemination

@article{Payne2005PhoneticVI,
  title={Phonetic variation in Italian consonant gemination},
  author={Elinor Payne},
  journal={Journal of the International Phonetic Association},
  year={2005},
  volume={35},
  pages={153 - 181}
}
  • E. Payne
  • Published 1 December 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of the International Phonetic Association
This paper presents findings on the articulatory and prosodic conditioning of Italian (lexical and post-lexical) geminate and non-geminate consonants. Phonetic and phonological prominence interact, resulting in a durational contrast which is not uniformly robust. So-called ‘inherent’ geminates are also found to be long post-consonantally, contrary to received wisdom, and do not form ‘supergeminates’ in conditions of postlexical gemination. Formant analysis of laterals reveals possible non… 

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