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Brynhildur Stefansdottir

Lenition of voiced fricatives in Icelandic

The lenition of voiced fricatives in Icelandic is arguably the most common connected speech process in the language, however no previous experimental work has been done on this topic. For this project I gathered articulatory data from four native speakers, looking at [ð] and [ɣ] intervocalically, and the possible effects of syllable stress, speech style, and their interaction.

This graph shows that there is interspeaker variation in the articulation of [ɣ], with both stress and style being significant factors.

 

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