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Variability of /ð/ and /θ/ in the Casual Speech of Native English Speakers
This research focuses on the voiced interdental fricative /ð/ and the voiceless
interdental fricative /θ/. In casual speech, many sounds are changed through reduction.
In the case of fricatives, they are often reduced to stop-like fricatives. This research
focused on the variations of /ð/ and /θ/ pronunciation in the casual speech of speakers
in an AB/SK corpus. These variations were categorized as “fricative, stop-like, deleted,
and other”. The significant results gathered were the distributions of the different
variants and the difference in maximum intensity of the following sound and minimum
intensity of the sound studied. The results indicate that the majority of /ð/ were
deleted, while the majority of /θ/ were fricatives. This created reasonable data in order
to better understand the behaviour of /ð/ and /θ/ in casual conversation.
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