Universität Konstanz
Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft
SFB 471 "Variation und Entwicklung im Lexikon"

Funding Period 1st of January 1997 - 31st of December 2008







Project D-3

Acoustic Variation and its Mapping onto Phonological Features


Project Abstract

We focus on a complete analysis of obstruents within the FUL framework (Lahiri & Reetz 2002). This task includes the mapping of the acoustic signal to the lexicon via phonological features and a three-way matching logic. This approach allows us to deal with a certain amount of speaker, dialectal, and other variation. A second goal is to quantify the types of acoustic variation that can be handled, and examine when such variation is informative regarding dialectal differences or can explain historic developments. A computer simulation of the mapping of acoustic variability onto the underspecified lexical entries should give insight into the behavior of this representation.


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