Articulation of vowel length contrasts in Australian English

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The articulatory realisation of phonemic vowel length contrasts is still imperfectly understood. Australian English (AusE) /ɐ:/ and /ɐ/ differ primarily in duration and therefore provide an ideal case for examining the articulatory properties of long vs. short vowels. Patterns of compression, acceleration ratios and VC coordination were examined using electromagnetic articulography (EMA) in /pV:p/ and /pVp/ syllables produced by three speakers of AusE at two speech rates. Short vowels were less compressible and had higher acceleration ratios than long vowels. VC rimes had proportionately earlier coda onsets than V:C rimes. These findings suggest that long and short vowels are characterised by different patterns of both intra- and intergestural organisation in AusE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterspeech 2019
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings
Place of PublicationBaixas, France
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventINTERSPEECH 2019: Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (20th : 2019): crossroads of speech and language - Graz, Austria
Duration: 15 Sept 201919 Sept 2019

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)1990-9772


ConferenceINTERSPEECH 2019: Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (20th : 2019)
Abbreviated titleINTERSPEECH 2019

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  • articulation
  • duration
  • speech rate
  • vowel length


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