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Contextual effects on the duration of ejective fricatives in Upper Necaxa Totonac

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  • The present paper investigates the effects of word position, stress and vowel phonation on the duration of ejective fricatives in Upper Necaxa Totonac (UNT), a Totonacan language of northern Puebla, Mexico. Duration measurements were taken of frication and periods of silence occurring between frication and following vowels. Fricatives occurring in word initial position were found to be overall longer than those occurring intervocalically. Fricatives occurring at the onset of stressed syllables were generally longer than unstressed. Lateral ejective fricatives had longer frication durations in intervocalic position preceding a creaky vowel than when preceding a modal vowel. Closures that occurred between frication and vowel onset were found to be longer when the fricative occurred word initially and in stressed syllables.

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    2015-05-01
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    Article (Draft / Submitted)
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3VG26
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    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 International