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Academic Paper

Title: Spirant approximants in Galician
Author: Eugenio Martínez-Celdrán
Institution: Universitat de Barcelona
Author: Xosé Luís Regueira Fernandez
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Institution: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Linguistic Field: Phonetics
Subject Language: Galician
Abstract: The category of APROXIMANT sounds has been defined and redefined by leading phoneticians and recognized by the International Phonetic Association; nonetheless, within this class of sounds, semivowels, rhotic sonorants and other approximants are not clearly differentiated. In a recently-published study, Martínez-Celdrán (2004) proposes a new definition which considers approximants as a category composed of several subclasses of sounds. In this paper, an acoustic analysis of approximants in Galician is presented. We will show that open and closed approximants, stops and fricatives present statistically significant differences both in duration and intensity, demonstrating the pertinence of the categorization postulated by Martínez-Celdrán.


This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 38, Issue 1.

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