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An acoustic study of Georgian stop consonants

Vicenik, Chad

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  "DOI": "10.1017/s0025100309990302", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Vicenik, Chad"
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "This study investigates the acoustic properties of ejective, voiced and voiceless aspirated\nstops in Georgian, a Caucasian language, and seeks to answer two questions: (i) Which\nacoustic features discriminate the three stop types? and (ii) Do Georgian stops undergo\ninitial strengthening, and if so, is it syntagmatic or paradigmatic strengthening? Five female\nspeakers were recorded reading words embedded in carrier phrases and stories. Acoustic\nmeasures include closure duration, voicing during the closure, voicing lag, relative burst\nintensity, spectral moment of bursts, phonation (H1-H2) and F0. Of these, voicing lag,\nvoicing during the closure, mean burst frequency, H1-H2 and F0 could all be used to\ndiscriminate stop type, but stop types did not differ in closure duration or relative burst\nintensity. Georgian stops did show initial strengthening and showed only syntagmatic\nenhancement, not paradigmatic enhancement. Stops showed longer closure durations,\nlonger voicing lags, and higher H1-H2 values in higher prosodic positions.", 
  "title": "An acoustic study of Georgian stop consonants", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "890293"
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