Some notes on syllable structure in articulatory phonology.

Abstract

Two approaches to seeking stable patterns in the gestural organization of speech are examined: local organization (individual gestures coordinated with other individual gestures) and global organization (gestures forming larger conglomerates). Articulatory evidence from American English words with a variety of initial consonants and clusters shows that syllable-initial consonants form a global organization (indexed by a metric we term the C-center) that is coordinated with the syllable's vowel gesture. For syllable-final consonants, however, the evidence suggests that a local organization is employed: The first postvocalic consonant gesture is coordinated with the vowel gesture. Implications of these different styles of organization for the perceptual and phonological structure of speech are discussed.

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@article{Browman1988SomeNO, title={Some notes on syllable structure in articulatory phonology.}, author={Catherine P. Browman and Louis Goldstein}, journal={Phonetica}, year={1988}, volume={45 2-4}, pages={140-55} }