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Studying variation in Romanian: deletion of the definite article -l in continuous speech

Abstract : Studies of variation in continuous speech converge towards the conclusion that in everyday speech, words are often produced with reduced variants, where some segments are shorter or completely absent. This paper focuses on the reduction of the post-posed definite article in Romanian. We describe an initiative to automatically exploit spoken corpora for Romanian, in order to better understand linguistic behaviour in spontaneous speech. The corpora cover several speaking styles including both prepared and spontaneous speech such as broadcast news and debates, elicited dialogues and monologues on guided topics. Taken together, the data sets provide more than 10 hours of speech produced in a variety of communicative frameworks. The deletion of the definite article -l, i.e. L-dropping in continuous speech is investigated across speaking styles using aligned speech and pronunciation variants. The main question addressed in the study is the influence of speaking style on the distribution of L-dropping. We examine the role of the surrounding context in L-dropping or L-retention. The results show that, in prepared speech and broadcast news, deletion is triggered by the context as a consequence of the communication framework and the nature of the following segment (following vowel-initial words favor L-retention, while consonant-initial words favour L-dropping). In spontaneous speech, L-dropping is more frequent and the context is less important in predicting the occurrence of reduced variants.
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Ioana Vasilescu, Ioana Chitoran, Bianca Dimulescu-Vieru, Martine Adda-Decker, Lori Lamel, et al.. Studying variation in Romanian: deletion of the definite article -l in continuous speech. Linguistic Vanguard, 2018, 5 (1), 17p. ⟨hal-01837197⟩



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