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ERIC Number: EJ985760
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8309
Palatal Complexity Revisited: An Electropalatographic Analysis of /image omitted/ in Brazilian Portuguese with Comparison to Peninsular Spanish
Shosted, Ryan; Hualde, Jose Ignacio; Scarpace, Daniel
Language and Speech, v55 n4 p477-502 Dec 2012
Are palatal consonants articulated by multiple tongue gestures (coronal and dorsal) or by a single gesture that brings the tongue into contact with the palate at several places of articulation? The lenition of palatal consonants (resulting in approximants) has been presented as evidence that palatals are simple, not complex: When reduced, they do not lose their coronal gesture and become dorsals; instead, they manifest reduced linguopalatal contact while retaining their anterior place of articulation. The frequently-reported deocclusivization of the Brazilian Portuguese (BP) palatal nasal may support this claim. However, the linguopalatal configuration of this sound has not been studied directly. Electropalatographic evidence from three speakers of BP (compared with data from three speakers of Peninsular Spanish) demonstrates that the palatal nasal is frequently realized as an approximant. There is no evidence of anterior occlusion in BP's post-palatal, lenited nasal. Under conditions of focus/hyperarticulation, there is no evidence of stronger/more anterior occlusion. We argue that the articulatory target of the BP palatal nasal is neither occluded nor anterior. (Contains 6 tables, 11 figures and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil