The variation that a speech sound undergoes under the influence of neighbouring sounds has acquired the well-established label coarticulation. The phenomenon of coarticulation has become a central problem in the theory of speech production. Much experimental work has been directed towards discovering its characteristics, its extent and its occurrence across different languages. This book is a major study of coarticulation by a team of international researchers. It provides a definitive account of the experimental findings to date, together with discussions of their implications for modelling the process of speech production. Different components of the speech production system (larynx, tongue, jaw, etc.) require different techniques for investigation and a whole section of this book is devoted to a description of the experimental techniques currently used. Other chapters offer a theoretically sophisticated discussion of the implications of coarticulation for the phonology-phonetics interface.
• Cross-language approach - considers coarticulation in a number of European and non-European languages • Comprehensive in scope, examining aspects of coarticulation in all the motor sub-systems of speech • Combines theoretical and experimental approaches with a major section on instrumental techniques for recording and measuring details of coarticulation
List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Acknowledgments; Introduction William J. Hardcastle and Nigel Hewlett; Part I. Theories and Models: 1. The origin of coarticulation Barbara Kühnert and Francis Nolan; 2. Coarticulation models in recent speech production theories Edda Farnetani and Daniel Recasens; Part II. Research Results: Components of the Motor System for Speech: 3. Velopharyngeal coarticulation Michel Chafcouloff and Alain Marchal; 4. Lingual coarticulation Daniel Recasens; 5. Laryngeal coarticulation Philip Hoole, Christer Gobl and Ailbhe Ní Chasaide; 6. Labial coarticulation Edda Farnetani; 7. Lip and jaw coarticulation Janet Fletcher and Jonathan Harrington; Part III. Wider Perspectives: 8. Cross-language studies: relating language-particular coarticulation patterns to other language-particular facts Sharon Manuel; 9. Implications for phonological theory Mary Beckman; Part IV. Instrumental Techniques: 10. Palatography Fiona Gibbon and Katerina Nicolaidis; 11. Imaging techniques Maureen Stone; 12. Electromagnetic articulography Philip Hoole and Noel Nguyen; 13. Electromyography William J. Hardcastle; 14. Transducers for investigating velopharyngeal function Michel Chafcouloff; 15. Techniques for investigating laryngeal articulation Philip Hoole, Christer Gobl and Ailbhe Ní Chasaide; 16. Acoustic analysis Daniel Recasens; References; Index.