ERIC Number: ED399778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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The Nature of Resonance in English: An Investigation into Lateral Articulations.
Newton, David E.
York Papers in Linguistics, v17 p167-190 Mar 1996
A study investigated the nature of clear and dark sounds (resonance) in English, focusing on the features associated with the lateral consonant /l/. Subjects were three male undergraduate students and one male university faculty member, all native speakers of different English varieties. Each subject read aloud 27 short phrases or sentences. Using computerized sound spectrography, resonance patterns (clear or dark), tempo, and duration were analyzed for initial and final /l/. Results support the hypothesis that darker tokens of /l/ have a greater duration than clear tokens. This appears to be the case for individual speakers and also between speakers with different resonance distribution patterns. Contains 22 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
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