Final /t/ reduction in Dutch past-participles:
The role of word predictability and morphological decomposability
Hanique, I., & Ernestus, M.
Final /t/ reduction in Dutch past-participles: The role of word predictability and morphological decomposability. In Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2011), Florence, Italy
This corpus study demonstrates that the realization of wordfinal
/t/ in Dutch past-participles in various speech styles is affected
by a word’s predictability and paradigmatic relative frequency.
In particular, /t/s are shorter and more often absent
if the two preceding words are more predictable. In addition,
/t/s, especially in irregular verbs, are more reduced, the lower
the verb’s lemma frequency relative to the past-participle’s frequency.
Both effects are more pronounced in more spontaneous
speech. These findings are expected if speech planning plays an
important role in speech reduction.
Index Terms: pronunciation variation, acoustic reduction, corpus
research, word predictability, morphological decomposability