Phonetic realization of /p, t, k/ in Spanish-English code-switching

Gisela Simental, University of Texas at El Paso


The aim of this investigation is to contribute to the relatively unexplored area of phonetic realization of sounds during code switching. The present study will focus on the analysis of voice onset time of voiceless stops in stressed word initial position. Spanish and English are ideal languages to test how bilinguals process and produce the low-level phonetic properties of stops during CS. Both languages have the same set of voiceless stops: /p, t, k/, yet these stops have different phonetic (or acoustic) characteristics in each language. Data was collected from the naturalistic speech of balanced bilinguals who were exposed to Spanish and English from an early age in the border area of El Paso, Texas.

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Simental, Gisela, "Phonetic realization of /p, t, k/ in Spanish-English code-switching" (2014). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1557792.