Annales Neophilologiarum

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The acoustic properties of the syllabic rhotic of Croatian

Authors: Sylwester Jaworski
Uniwersytet Szczeciński, Wydział Filologiczny
Keywords: syllabic rhotics Croatian Slavic languages
Year of publication:2015
Page range:19 (113-131)
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This article is concerned with the acoustic parameters of the syllabic r-sound of Croatian. The rhotic is regarded as a syllabic nucleus whenever it occupies the inter-consonantal position or one between a pause and a consonant, as in brdo ‘hill’ and rt ‘cape’, respectively. The results of the experiment conducted for the purposes of the paper indicate that syllabic rhotics are always pronounced with an epenthetic vowel that is considerably longer than the vocalic element found in consonant-rhotic-vowel sequences, thus the syllabic properties of the rhotic sound, which is typically pronounced as a tap, should be attributed to this vocalic constituent.
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