Articulation in time: Some word-initial segments in Swedish

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)


Speech is both dynamic and distinctive at the same time. This implies a certain contradiction which has entertained researchers in phonetics and phonology for decades. The present dissertation assumes that articulation behaves as a function of time, and that we can find phonological structures in the dynamical systems. EMA is used to measure mechanical movements in Swedish speakers. The results show that tonal context affects articulatory coordination. Acceleration seems to divide the movements of the jaw and lips into intervals of postures and active movements. These intervals are affected differently by the tonal context. Furthermore, a bilabial consonant is shorter if the next consonant is also made with the lips. A hypothesis of a correlation between acoustic segment duration and acceleration is presented. The dissertation highlights the importance of time for how speech ultimately sounds. Particularly significant is the combination of articulatory timing and articulatory duration.


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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • acceleration, articulation, articulography, coarticulation, EMA, gesture, phonology, prosody, speech motor control, speech production modelling, Swedish, word accent, tone
Original languageEnglish
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Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2020 Oct 23
Print ISBNs978-91-89213-20-3
Electronic ISBNs978-91-89213-21-0
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep 24
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2020-10-23 Time: 16:00 Place: digitalt via External reviewer Name: Donna Erickson Title: professor Affiliation: Yale University ---

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Malin Svensson Lundmark & Johan Frid, 2019 Aug 4, Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019. Calhoun, S., Escudero, P., Tabain, M. & Warren, P. (eds.). Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association, p. 1843-1847

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Malin Svensson Lundmark, Johan Frid, Gilbert Ambrazaitis & Susanne Schötz, 2018.

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