Phrase-Final Segment Lengthening in Russian: Preliminary Results of a Corpus-Based Study
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The paper presents preliminary results of a corpus-based study of phrase-final segment lengthening in Russian. The Corpus of Russian Professionally Read Speech (CORPRES) was used to investigate the degree of lengthening for segments immediately preceding phrase boundaries as a function of segment class and boundary type. According to our data, there is a general tendency for shorter segments to show more lengthening than longer segments (in pairs like /f/–/s/, /t/–/t j / etc.). However, this seems to work the opposite way in pairs of fricatives vs. stops. We have also found that boundary depth (sentence-final vs. non-sentence-final) and the presence or absence of a pause have an effect on phrase-final segment lengthening.
Keywordsfinal lengthening pre-boundary lengthening segment duration
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