This paper proposes that nasal vowel in Brazilian Portuguese includes a vocalic gesture and a nasal gesture, that are orchestrated in order to gradually attain nasality. It is also proposed that nasal coda would be a natural consequence of this orchestration. By means of a comparison between nasal and nasalized vowels, implying aerodynamic and durational data, it is suggested that nasal vowels in Brazilian Portuguese have their own phonological status. Nasal coda plays an important role in nasal vowel production and its temporal organization is discussed in light of gestural coordination, as overlapping and blending.
Selected Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Romance Phonology
edited by Scott M. Alvord
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