Phonological Context Effects for Voicing and Devoicing in French

  title={Phonological Context Effects for Voicing and Devoicing in French},
  author={Isabelle Darcy and Frank K{\"u}gler},
We examine occurrences of categorical assimilation (neutralizations) in French, the perception of voiced and unvoiced word-final obstruents in different phonological contexts. We first show the categorical nature of the alternation (Exp. 1), supported in Exp. 2 by perceptual categorization data. In Exp. 3, the interpretation of this first percept appears to be corrected in certain contexts, inducing compensation. We argue that context effects are phonological in this case, rather than auditory… CONTINUE READING

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