Variation and universals in VOT: evidence from 18 languages

  title={Variation and universals in VOT: evidence from 18 languages},
  author={Taehong Cho and Peter Ladefoged},
  journal={Journal of Phonetics},
Abstract Voice onset time (VOT) is known to vary with place of articulation. For any given place of articulation there are differences from one language to another. Using data from multiple speakers of 18 languages, all of which were recorded and analyzed in the same way, we show that most, but not all, of the within language place of articulation variation can be described by universally applicable phonetic rules (although the physiological bases for these rules are not entirely clear). The… 

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