I have been listen to Andrea Bocelli's songs lately. A noticeable feature of his pronunciation while singing Spanish songs is that he constantly pronounces the plosives (especially at word-initial positions) with a puff of air.

This is peculiar since in his native language, Italian, aspiration does not contrast and most of the time the plosives, namely p, t, and k are realized unaspirated. So I'm quite curious why would he alter the pronunciation if the phonology of the two languages are similar enough.

  • I suspect that this has to do not with contrastive phonologies of Italian and Spanish, but with vocal technique. But perhaps someone has a better suggestion.
    – fdb
    Jun 25 '18 at 9:06
  • Can you put a link to a specific part of a song where you are hearing aspirated stops? Maybe it has to do with signing vs. speaking.
    – axme100
    Sep 21 '18 at 3:35

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