Colloquium led by Susan Lin

April 27
3:00-4:30 pm
Rosenwald 011
University of California, Berkeley
Variation in articulatory magnitude and timing

Abstract: Gradient synchronic variation in speech has long been proposed to be at the root of most sound change, whether through the generation of phonemically ambiguous speech or the creation of phonological innovations available to language learners.  However, there exists a disconnect between this form of gradient variation and its typically discrete resulting phonological form.  In this talk, I examine two articulatory factors thought to contribute to gradient variation: the magnitude and relative timing of articulations.  In particular, I focus on the relationship between articulatory magnitude and timing in post-vocalic laterals in English, while exploring some of the factors, including lexical frequency and speech speed, which may contribute to that relationship.