Exploring the effect of stress on gestural coordination


  • Yunting Gu




Articulatory Phonology, stress, gestural coordination, gestural timing, CV lag, gestural duration


In this study, I examined stress in speech production within the framework of Articulatory Phonology. Specifically, I tested the hypothesis that stress could be analyzed as a prosodic gesture. Using articulatory data from an English corpus, I found that the CV lag–the gestural lag between a consonant and a vowel–of stressed syllables is significantly larger in terms of both duration and proportion than that of unstressed syllables. I also found that stressed consonant and vowel gestures are longer than unstressed ones. These findings seem to suggest that stress could be analyzed as a prosodic gesture. Moreover, my study reveals a source of variation in CV coordination, which can inform other kinematic studies. 




How to Cite

Gu, Yunting. 2023. “Exploring the Effect of Stress on Gestural Coordination”. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 8 (1): 5539. https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v8i1.5539.