Focus and boundary effects on coarticulatory vowel nasalization in Korean with implications for cross-linguistic similarities and differences

Jiyoung Jang, Sahyang Kim, Taehong Cho

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Abstract

This study investigates focus and boundary effects on Korean nasal consonants and vowel nasalization. Under focus, nasal consonants lengthen in CVN# but shorten in #NVC, enhancing [nasal] vs [oral]. Vowels resist nasalization under focus, enhancing [oral]. Domain-initial nasal consonants denasalize, exercising no coarticulatory influence. Domain-final nasal consonants shorten counter to expectation, although vowel nasalization increases. Comparison with English data reveals similarities (focus-induced coarticulatory resistance) despite cross-linguistic differences in marking prominence, but it also suggests that prosodic-structural conditioning of non-contrastive vowel nasalization, albeit based on phonetic underpinnings of coarticulatory process, is fine-tuned in language-specific ways, resulting in cross-linguistic variation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)EL33-EL39
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume144
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018 Jul 1

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