Variation in the articulation of Russian stressed vowels and the mechanics of palatalization in consonants

Authors

  • Małgorzata E. Cavar Indiana University
  • Steven M. Lulich Indiana University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3765/pda.v3art3.31

Keywords:

palatalization, ultrasound speech research, [ATR], Russian, Russian vowels

Abstract

A 3D/4D ultrasound study of Russian stressed vowels in the context of ‘soft’ (phonetically palatalized or palatal) versus ‘hard’ consonants reveals that vowels in these two contexts differ systematically in terms of the position of the tongue root while the tongue dorsum is less consistently modified depending on the speaker, vowel or consonant context. This paper proposes that the observed vowel allophony, as well as the softness contrast in Russian consonants, and the contrast between front and central high vowels, are all defined in terms of the feature [ATR].

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Published

2021-04-08

How to Cite

Cavar, M. E., & Lulich, S. M. (2021). Variation in the articulation of Russian stressed vowels and the mechanics of palatalization in consonants. Phonological Data and Analysis, 3(3), 1–44. https://doi.org/10.3765/pda.v3art3.31