Velic coordination in French nasals: a real-time magnetic resonance imaging study

Michael Proctor, Louis Goldstein, Adam Lammert, Dani Byrd, Asterios Toutios, Shrikanth Narayanan

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Abstract

Production of nasal vowels in French, and nasal consonants in French and English, was examined using real-time magnetic resonance imaging (rtMRI). The coordination of velic and lingual gestures was found to be tightly controlled across different prosodic contexts in French nasals. Velum lowering in English nasal consonants did not show the same control, although the timing of the corresponding lingual gestures varied with prosodic context in the same way as for French nasals, suggesting a coordinative relationship in which oral and velic articulators are consistently phased in French nasal production. These findings illustrate the utility of real-time MRI as a method for studying velic activity and articulatory coordination in vocalic and nasal phonology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterspeech 2013
Subtitle of host publication14 Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
Place of PublicationBaixas, France
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
Pages577-581
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventInterspeech 2013: 14 Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association - Lyon, France
Duration: 25 Aug 201329 Aug 2013

Conference

ConferenceInterspeech 2013
CountryFrance
CityLyon
Period25/08/1329/08/13

Keywords

  • Articulation
  • French
  • Nasal vowels
  • Nasals
  • Real-time MRI
  • Speech production
  • Velum

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