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Comparative Study of Estonian Swedish Voiceless Laterals: Are Voiceless Approximants Fricatives?

Asu, Eva Liina; Nolan, Francis and Schötz, Susanne LU (2015) the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVIII) In Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Abstract
Are voiceless approximants categorically distinct from voiceless fricatives? We address this question by means of acoustic analysis of voiceless laterals in Icelandic, Welsh, and the endangered variety

Estonian Swedish. All three have a voiceless lateral functioning in contrast to a voiced lateral approximant. The analysis focused on duration – including any period of voicing (‘pre-voicing’) just

before the release of the lateral – and the intensity of the voiceless lateral relative to the following vowel. Welsh showed no pre-voicing in the lateral, whilst Icelandic and Estonian Swedish did, though

the latter less consistently. The Welsh voiceless lateral was also greater in relative intensity. This could be... (More)
Are voiceless approximants categorically distinct from voiceless fricatives? We address this question by means of acoustic analysis of voiceless laterals in Icelandic, Welsh, and the endangered variety

Estonian Swedish. All three have a voiceless lateral functioning in contrast to a voiced lateral approximant. The analysis focused on duration – including any period of voicing (‘pre-voicing’) just

before the release of the lateral – and the intensity of the voiceless lateral relative to the following vowel. Welsh showed no pre-voicing in the lateral, whilst Icelandic and Estonian Swedish did, though

the latter less consistently. The Welsh voiceless lateral was also greater in relative intensity. This could be taken as a difference of phonetic category between a fricative [ɬ] in Welsh as against a

voiceless approximant [l̥ ] in the other two languages, but we argue that the complexity of the data from Estonian Swedish excludes a categorical interpretation. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Are voiceless approximants categorically distinct from voiceless fricatives? We address this question by means of acoustic analysis of voiceless laterals in Icelandic, Welsh, and the endangered variety<br/><br>
Estonian Swedish. All three have a voiceless lateral functioning in contrast to a voiced lateral approximant. The analysis focused on duration – including any period of voicing (‘pre-voicing’) just<br/><br>
before the release of the lateral – and the intensity of the voiceless lateral relative to the following vowel. Welsh showed no pre-voicing in the lateral, whilst Icelandic and Estonian Swedish did, though<br/><br>
the latter less consistently. The Welsh voiceless lateral was also greater in relative intensity. This could be taken as a difference of phonetic category between a fricative [ɬ] in Welsh as against a<br/><br>
voiceless approximant [l̥ ] in the other two languages, but we argue that the complexity of the data from Estonian Swedish excludes a categorical interpretation.},
  author       = {Asu, Eva Liina and Nolan, Francis and Schötz, Susanne},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences},
  isbn         = {978-0-85261-941-4},
  issn         = {2412-0669},
  keyword      = {Estonian Swedish,pre-voicing,phonetic categories,lateral fricative,voiceless lateral},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {5},
  publisher    = {University of Glasgow},
  title        = {Comparative Study of Estonian Swedish Voiceless Laterals: Are Voiceless Approximants Fricatives?},
  year         = {2015},
}