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LINGUIST List 16.3472

Tue Dec 06 2005

Qs: Spanish Formant Chart; Phonemic Sound Length

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        1.    Andrea Vergun, Seeking Mexican Spanish Formant Chart and Studies
        2.    Vitaly Mijiritsky, Languages with Phonemic Sound Length

Message 1: Seeking Mexican Spanish Formant Chart and Studies
Date: 05-Dec-2005
From: Andrea Vergun <vergunix.netcom.com>
Subject: Seeking Mexican Spanish Formant Chart and Studies

I am a graduate student working on my thesis--an acoustic analysis of
American English vowel acquisition by a Spanish speaker, using Flege's
Speech Learning Model with respect to 'new' and 'similar' vowel
acquisition. I have searched the academic databases, but have not found
some pieces of information which would be very helpful. I am looking for a
formant chart of Mexican-Spanish including all 5 vowels and the specific
formant frequencies. I have found charts for other dialects, but not
Mexican Spanish. My data are prerecorded, so I cannot elicit specific
samples from my subject.

Additionally, I would like to find a study that has determined which
American English vowels are new and similar for a Spanish speaker based on
perception or acoustics (rather than soley relying on IPA symbols). I have
found some studies of the front vowels, but would like to find some on the
back vowels. My study focuses on /ae, o, u/.

Any information is appreciated.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Message 2: Languages with Phonemic Sound Length
Date: 04-Dec-2005
From: Vitaly Mijiritsky <vitalymbgu.ac.il>
Subject: Languages with Phonemic Sound Length


I'm compiling a list of languages which currently have phonemic vowel or
consonant length (or both).

Will greatly appreciate any input.

Will be especially grateful for detailed info, such as the number of
distinguished lengths of same sound (2 or 3 (or more?)), or existing
measurements of differences in duration, or any relevant references.

Thank you!

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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