Intrusive vowels preceding /R/ in Quebec French

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Title
Intrusive vowels preceding /R/ in Quebec French
Title of the conference
Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019
Author(s)
Lancien Mélanie, Côté Marie-Hélène
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2019
Editor
Calhoun Sasha, Escudero Paola, Tabain Marija, Warren Paul
Language
english
Abstract
It has been observed (e.g. [2]) that an intrusive vowel (Vi) is frequently produced in obstruent+/R/ clusters, which is interpreted as a cluster simplification process. Here we look at Vi next to /R/ in a broader variety of contexts, in a corpus of 12,981 words read by 103 speakers of Quebec French [3, 4]. LMM shows that Vi is more likely to appear word- initially than in clusters, which questions the interpretation of Vi in terms of simplification. Vi is also more likely to appear with apical than dorsal /R/ (both attested in Quebec French) and, in clusters, after voiced obstruents. Vi is significantly more frequent in monosyllabic than in polysyllabic words. Regarding the quality of Vi, t-tests between Vi and the following vowel’s mean F1 and F2 (Hz) and duration show that there is little to no difference between the quality of the two vowels, though Vi is significantly shorter.
Keywords
V owel intrusion, Quebec Rhotics, Consonant clusters
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