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Affrication-like sound in palatal plosive [c]

Having acoustically inspected these tokens as well as online tokens from Esling and Ladefoged, I notice that all performers have a longer voice onset time (around 20 msc, varying according to ...
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Why were the formants of high and back vowels difficult to obtain? And why not anymore?

Is point 2 above still true? Not any more, thankfully! If not, why was it so difficult? Back when this paper was written, spectrograms of sound were right on the cutting edge of technology. They ...
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Is there research on which diphthongs are perceived by English speakers as single sounds?

The only definition of "single sound" that exists in phonology is "single segment", which is different from the phonetic view (whereby "church" has a bisegmental ...
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Position of negation in an english sentence

The Original Poster's examples don't imply anything very different from each other. However, the general question of whether or why it matters where we put the negation in a sentence is quite ...
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How harmonic is speech?

I'm not aware of any work on this topic in linguistic phonetics, but there may be something out there in musical acoustics for voice. The main problem for quantifying inharmonicity is detecting ...
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Is there research on which diphthongs are perceived by English speakers as single sounds?

If it's a matter of perception, it would be fairest to say, I think, that a diphthong means precisely a cluster of vowels that speakers perceive and treat as a unit. For example, in elementary school ...
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How do native speakers of languages in which vowels reduce to schwa in unstressed syllables perceive the said schwa?

This is an interesting question, but not one that has been answered in a systematic, controlled fashion. The main issue is that there is no way to directly determine how a person "perceives a ...
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How do native speakers of languages in which vowels reduce to schwa in unstressed syllables perceive the said schwa?

Russian is a language with massive vowel reduction, but the morphological principle is essential in Russian orthography, every morpheme is to be written in its full form irrespective of whether the ...
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Evidence proving lingustic perception of speech in brain?

There won't be evidence that speech is perceived linguistically, since that is not a sufficiently precise claim that it could be tested experimentally. Since it is self-evident that people do perceive ...
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What does it mean to perceive VOT continuum categorically?

It has to do with two things: the experimental task, and the nature the things being perceived. All acoustic measurements are continuous, i.e. capable of having any number of values. However, the mind ...
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What does it mean to perceive VOT continuum categorically?

Categorical means yes vs no or one of small set of things like red/green/blue. Phonemic features of consonants are usually like this, place of articulation, stop vs fricative, voiced vs unvoiced. ...
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Understanding VOT

The quick answer is that voicing and VOT are not same thing. Voicing is a physical phenomenon ("the vocal folds vibrate"), and VOT is a measurement ("time from release of a consonant to voicing"). You ...
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How to measure auditory distances between vowels

Although auditory equidistance is foundational in the cardinal vowel system, it is widely known that this is a problematically unvalidated concept. Peter Ladefoged made this point a few times. Here is ...
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Has Ray Jackendoff's Parallel Architecture paradigm received a formal review or criticism(s) from Chomsky and/or others?

I sketched out a conservative approach to the interface among syntax, morphology, and phonology in another answer here, which depends essentially on parallel processing and does not distinguish in ...
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Why does speech speed seem to vary between different languages?

There is a rather new answer to this old question: Languages may differ in their speed measured in syllables/second or words/second, but are pretty uniform in the amount of information per time. The ...
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Languages lacking detailed words for taste

Logoori has two taste words, -rur-u and -nʊr-u. The former covers hot (spicy), bitter, sour and generally anything negative (it also means "fierce" when applied to animates), and the latter is "sweet"....
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