31 Oct 2006
Olga Gordeeva & Jim Scobbie (QMUC)
On the function of preaspirated voiceless fricatives in Scottish Standard English
Scottish English vowel-voiceless fricative sequences in CVC words are often produced with long in duration aspirated/whispered transitions. While early timing of glottal abduction relative to supralaryngeal constriction in vowels before voiceless fricatives is a cross-linguistic phonetic characteristic, the extent of this phenomenon in SSE is so large that it merits an investigation. Here we present some results on one potential function of such preaspiration, i.e. a correlate of phonological /VOICE/ of word-final fricatives.