Does vowel space size depend on language vowel inventories? Evidence from two Arabic dialects and French

Abstract : The aim of this paper is to study the effect of the number of vowels a language has on the size of its vocalic space, in the production of speech from two Arabic dialects, Moroccan and Jordanian Arabic, and from French. 5 speakers per language (or dialect) recorded a list of vowels in 3 conditions: vowels were embedded in 1) Words, 2) Syllables, and 3) produced in Isolation. For each condition, there were 3 consonantal contexts: /bdk/. Our results corroborate the hypothesis that vowel inventory size affects the size of the acoustic vowel spaces: the larger the vowel inventory, the bigger the acoustic vowel space.
Keywords : Vowels arabic dialects
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Jalal-Eddin Al-Tamimi, Emmanuel Ferragne. Does vowel space size depend on language vowel inventories? Evidence from two Arabic dialects and French. INTERSPEECH~EUROSPEECH 2005, Sep 2005, Lisbonne, Portugal. pp.2465-2468. ⟨hal-01240486⟩

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