Journal of Phonetics volume 33, issue 4, P427-446 2005 DOI: 10.1016/j.wocn.2005.02.002 View full text
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Scott Myers

Abstract: Growing digital archives and improving algorithms for automatic analysis of text and speech create new research opportunities for fundamental research in phonetics. Such empirical approaches allow statistical evaluation of a much larger set of hypothesis about phonetic variation and its conditioning factors (among them geographical / dialectal variants). This paper illustrates this vision and proposes to challenge automatic methods for the analysis of a not easily observable phenomenon: vowel length contrast.…

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