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Assimilation of word-final nasals to following word-initial place of articulation in United Kingdom English.

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Using very large speech corpora, we can study rare but systematic pronunciation patterns in spontaneous speech. Previous studies have established that word-final alveolar consonants in English (/t/, /d/, /n/, /s/ and /z/) vary their place of articulation to match a following word-initial consonant, e.g., "ran quickly" → "ra[] quickly." Assimilation of bilabial or velar nasals, e.g., "alar[] clock" for "alarm clock," is unexpected according to linguistic frameworks such as underspecification t...

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10.1121/1.4806693

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, MML and LPP, Ling Philology and Phonetics
Role:
Author
Journal:
J Acoust Soc Am
Volume:
133
Issue:
5
Pages:
3605
Publication date:
2013-05-05
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EISSN:
1520-8524
ISSN:
0001-4966
URN:
uuid:2ab7d51b-80a1-4fbe-aa10-a8cb9b59a260
Source identifiers:
401046
Local pid:
pubs:401046
Language:
English

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