Effects of coda voicing on onset /n/ and /l/ duration in American English
Fletcher, John Carrold
Master of Arts
Pre-Fortis Clipping is a phenomenon in which vowels are shorter before voiced codas than before voiceless codas. This study tests the hypothesis that the voicing feature in the coda of a syllable can also affect the duration of the initial sound in that syllable, in a manner similar to Pre-Fortis Clipping. Following work done by Hawkins and Nguyen (2003), four measurement studies concentrate on the sonorant consonants /l/ and /n/. Results of the study indicate that American English has this phenomenon as a possible effect for some speakers, contrasting with previous studies of British speech.