Phonetic reduction of clicks: Evidence from Nǀuu.

Carina Marquard, Oliver Niebuhr, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich

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Based on spontaneous speech data of the Tuu language Nǀuu, we used the cross-linguistically established domain-initial strengthening concept in order
to examine, if and in which way clicks are subject to speech reduction (lenition) in relation to a reference sample of plosives. Results of combined acoustic
and auditory analyses suggest that clicks can be reduced in a gradual fashion and show more reduction phrase-finally than phrase-initially, just like plosives. However, unlike plosives, it seems that the reduction of clicks does not primarily affect the complex articulatory process itself, but rather its effort and coordination with phonation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICPhS
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Publisher International Phonetic Association
StatePublished - 2015

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