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The acoustics of Korean fricatives revisited

Chang, C. B. (2008) 'The acoustics of Korean fricatives revisited.' In: Kuno, S. and Lee, I.-H. and Whitman, J. and Maling, J. and Kang, Y.-S. and Sells, P. and Sohn, H.-S. and Jang, Y., (eds.), Harvard Studies in Korean Linguistics XII. Seoul, Korea: Hanshin Publishing Company, pp. 137-150.

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Abstract

This study examined the production of the two-way laryngeal contrast in Korean sibilant fricatives in two experiments covering low and high vowel environments. Acoustic analyses show that in a low vowel environment, the two fricatives differ from each other in fricative duration, aspiration duration, F1 onset, intensity buildup, and voice quality; however, the F1 and intensity differences disappear in a high vowel environment. In both environments, there are no differences in F0 onset, average intensity, or vowel length. In having a fricative contrast without a voiced member, Korean constitutes an exception to Jansen's (2004) laryngeal typology. This contrast seems to be typologically unique and can only be accommodated by the addition of an aspirated voiceless lenis category to the set of possible laryngeal classifications.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Copyright Statement: Copyright 2008 Charles B. Chang. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author.
Depositing User: Dr. Charles Chang
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 16:46
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19114

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