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Preceding Phonological Context and Cluster Type Effects on Word-Initial /S/-Cluster Pronunciation in Brazilian Portuguese/English Interphonology

Melissa Bettoni, Fernando Rosseto Gallego Campos
2015 Revista letras  
Research has shown that Brazilians tend to insert a vowel before word-initial /σ/-clusters and to voice the /σ/ depending on the following consonant features (e.g., CORNELIAN, 2003; RAUBER, 2006; REBELLO; BAPTISTA, 2006) . The present study investigated the perception and production of /σ/-clusters in the Brazilian Portuguese/English interphonology. Production was assessed by three reading tests and perception was assessed by a two-alternative-forced-choice identification test. The stimuli were
more » ... t. The stimuli were recorded by three native speakers of American English. The main objective of the study was to verify whether phonological context and cluster type would affect amount of misproductions and misperceptions as previous studies have brought different conclusions regarding production, and perception had not been tested regarding preceding phonological context. The results showed that the preceding phonological context did not significantly affect perception and production even though a tendency was found and that /σ/+sonorant clusters were more difficult than /σ/+stop clusters in both perception and production.
doi:10.5380/rel.v92i0.41048 fatcat:jxe62tpnljdv5gxveiw42y55pu