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A comparison of the acoustics of nonsense and real word stimuli: coronal stops in Bengali

O Maxwell, B BAKER, R Bundgaard-Nielsen, J Fletcher, undefined The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015 (ed.)

Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences | International Phonetics Society | Published : 2015


Research suggests that nonsense and real words often exhibit differences in their acoustic properties. Despite this, the use of nonsense stimuli is prevalent in acoustic analyses of a range of phenomena and in experimental studies of segmental perception. The present study examined stop duration and preceding vowel formant transitions for two Bengali coronal stops produced in real and nonsense word stimuli. Firstly, significant differences were observed based on the stimulus type. Nonsense word production showed more distinct dental-retroflex differentiation. Secondly, the results revealed that F3 was a more reliable cue to place of articulation than closure duration and voice onset time.