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Acoustic and Perceptual Characterization of the Epenthetic Vowel between the Clusters Formed by Consonant + Liquid in Spanish
Carlos Julio Ramírez
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This paper provides a preliminary acoustic and perceptual characterization of the epenthetic vowel that occurs in the Spanish consonant clusters formed by consonant plus liquid. Acoustically, it describes the epenthetic (svarabatic) vowel in terms of the duration and the frequency of the formants in comparison to those of full vowels in similar contexts. Perceptually, it presents experimental evidence that native Spanish speakers are aware of the presence or absence of the svarabatic vowel as assessed by an accentedness perception test. This study presents evidence that there is not isomorphism between speech perception and speech production.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Laboratory Approaches to Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
edited by Manuel Díaz-Campos
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