Stop consonants in Gaelic Word initial /p h t h k h / and /p t k/ Word medial and word final / h p h t h k/ and /p t k/ (Ladefoged et al. 1998) (Also palatalised vs. velarised distinction) ‘Aspirating language’ (Jessen and Ringen 2002), [spread glottis] (Kingston, forthcoming 2010)
Research questions What are the phonetic correlates of the contrast /p h t h k h / and /p t k/ in modern Gaelic? Is this system changing as the language undergoes obsolescence?
Methods Native speakers of Lewis Gaelic 3 older generation, 3 younger Recording conditions Word list data Non-parametric statistical tests
Durational measures Segmenting on the waveform in Praat What is pre-aspiration? (Ní Chasaide 1985) acaaca Vowel Preaspiration BV Noise Modal voice
Adapted Zero Crossing Rate (Gordeeva and Scobbie 2010) Ongoing work: Adapted ZCR in collaboration with Olga Gordeeva – still awaiting statistical analysis Compares and quantifies pre- and post- aspiration using by counting zero crossings on a band-pass filtered sound file Interested in noise from the glottis
Results: contrast /k h /, /k/ càl [kʰɑ:ɫ̪ ] cabbage, gal [kaɫ̪ ] steam
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My supervisor and co-author: Jane Stuart-Smith Collaborator: Olga Gordeeva, Acapela Group firstname.lastname@example.org My informants: Susan Bell, Christeen Combe, Aoghas MacCoinnich, Sarah MacKinnon, Colm Macqueen and all those who wished to remain anonymous Research funded by a Kelvin-Smith Scholarship, University of Glasgow Tapadh Leibh / Thank you