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C04: Interval-based indices of syllabic structure: The crucial role of variability

This project characterises variability in its chosen domain (phonology, phonetics, syllabic structure) and contributes models which harness variability to identify linguistic structure in phonetic data. The linguistic organization in focus is that of syllables. Syllables are fundamental units of spoken language, mediating between lower-level properties of individual sounds and higher prosody. Recent work indicates that stability patterns of certain intervals, defined over sequences of consonants and vowels, are the phonetic (physical) correlates of distinct syllabic structures. This project examines how consistently interval-based phonetic measures express differences between distinct syllabic structures. We do so by considering the effects of variability in the same syllabic organizations across languages as well as the effect of variability on different syllabic organizations within the same language. Finally, we extend current computational modelling methods for the identification of syllabic structure in phonetic data by endowing them with information about how variability in a number of different factors influences interval-based phonetic measures of syllabic organizations.

Staff

Prof. Dr. Adamantios Gafos

PI C04

 

Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
House 14, Room 3.15/3.16
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Stephan Kuberski

 

Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
House 14, Room 3.17
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Stavroula Sotiropoulou

currently on maternity leave

 

Campus Golm
Department Linguistics
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
14476 Potsdam

Publications with scientific quality assurance

AuthorsYearTitelWhereProjectLink
Gafos, A. I., Roeser, J., Sotiropoulou, S., Hoole, P., & Zeroual, C.2019Structure in mind, structure in vocal tract. Natural Language and Linguist Theory, First Online: 12 February 2019, 1-33. doi:10.1007/s11049-019-09445-yC04
Kuberski, S.R. & Gafos, A.I.2019The speed-curvature power law in tongue movements of repetitive speech.PLoS ONE, 14(3), e0213851. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0213851C04[Download]
Williams, D., Escudero, P., & Gafos, A. 2018Spectral change and duration as cues in Australian English listeners' front vowel categorization.The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 144(3), EL215 (2018). doi:10.1121/1.5055019C04

Other publications

AuthorsYearTitelWhereProjectLink
Gafos, A.2017Stems in Arabic morphology and phonology. In E. Benmamoun & R. Bassiouney (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics (pp. 62-86). London: Routledge.C04
Gibson, M., Sotiropoulou, S., Tobin, S., & Gafos, A. 2018On some temporal properties of Spanish consonant-liquid and consonant rhotic clusters.In M. Belz, C. Mooshammer, S. Fuchs, S. Jannedy, O. Rasskazova, & M. Żygis (Eds.), Proceedings of the Conference on Phonetics & Phonology in German-speaking Countries (P&P13) (pp. 73-76). Berlin: Humoldt-Universität zu Berlin. doi:10.18452/18805C04
Williams, D., Escudero, P., & Gafos, A.2018Perceptual Sensitivity to Spectral Change in Australian English Close Front Vowels: An Electroencephalographic Investigation. Proceedings of Interspeech 2018 (pp. 1442-1446). Hyderabad, India. doi:10.21437/Interspeech.2018-2505C04

Invited talks & presentations

AuthorsYearTitleWhereProjectLink
Kuberski, S. & Gafos, A. I. 2018On the speed-accuracy trade-of and speed-curvature power law of tongue movements in repetitive speech.Paper presented at the LabPhon16 - Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 19 - 22 June.
Kuberski, S. & Gafos, A. I. 2017Dynamics and kinematics of repetitive speech movements.Poster presented at the  7th International Conference on Speech Motor Control, Groningen, The Netherlands. 05 - 08 July. C04
Sotiropoulou, S., Gibson, M., Tobin, S. J., & Gafos, A.2018Temporal stability patterns of stop-liquid and stop-rhotic clusters in Spanish. Poster presented at the LabPhon16 - Variation, development and impairment: Between phonetics and phonology, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. 19 - 22 June. C04