Some distributional facts about fricatives and a perceptual explanation.

@article{Balise1994SomeDF,
  title={Some distributional facts about fricatives and a perceptual explanation.},
  author={R R Balise and Randy L. Diehl},
  journal={Phonetica},
  year={1994},
  volume={51 1-3},
  pages={99-110}
}
Across and within languages voiced sibilants tend to be disfavored relative to voiceless ones. This paper explores the claim that voicing more adversely affects the distinctive acoustic properties of sibilants than those of nonsibilants. One prediction associated with this claim is that voicing differentially lowers the amplitude of frication noise for sibilants and non-sibilants so that amplitude differences between the two classes are reduced. Acoustic measurements confirm this prediction. A… CONTINUE READING

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