[ATR] feature involves a distinct tongue root articulation: evidence from ultrasound imaging.

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dc.contributor.author Hudu, F.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-11T10:08:04Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-14T12:41:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-11T10:08:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-14T12:41:12Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03
dc.identifier.citation Hudu, Fusheini. (2014). [ATR] feature involves a distinct tongue root articulation: evidence from ultrasound imaging. Lingua. 143: 36 – 51. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/21672
dc.description Article en_US
dc.description.abstract The feature [ATR] (Advanced Tongue Root) assumes a unique role of the tongue root in the production of [ ATR] vowels. However, whether the actual position of the tongue root accurately characterises vowel pairs distinguished by this feature has attracted some controversy. This paper tests the hypothesis that the [ATR] specification of a vowel maps onto a definite articulatory position of the tongue root. It further investigates whether such a mapping reflects which of the values of [ATR] is dominant in a language. The results of five ultrasound imaging experiments using Dagbani, a Gur language of Ghana, show that [þATR] vowels of all height specifications are produced with a more anterior tongue root than [ ATR] vowels. They also show that tongue body height, a plausible alternative to tongue root position, does not consistently define the distinction. More importantly, the results show that vowels specified for [þATR], the dominant value in Dagbani, are produced with a tongue root anterior displacement from a neutral position while the recessive [ ATR] vowels have variable tongue root positions. The results support a direct mapping between the phonological feature [ATR] and the articulatory gestures producing it. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier - Lingua en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Lingua;143
dc.subject Vowel harmony en_US
dc.subject [ATR] en_US
dc.subject Phonetics--phonology interface en_US
dc.subject Ultrasound imaging en_US
dc.subject Dagbani en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.title [ATR] feature involves a distinct tongue root articulation: evidence from ultrasound imaging. en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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