Within linguistics, my main areas of research are phonology and phonetics. Iím particularly interested in the interaction between these two components , i.e., how phonological information can influence a given phonetic process and how phonetic detail can affect phonological phenomena. The following is a summary of my specific areas of research. For more details, please have a look at my CV, which contains downloadable material.
††††††† Length contrast
Iím currently working on the behavior of vowel length contrasts with respect to the Phonetics/Phonology interaction. Length is taken as the phonological counterpart of duration. Thus, the focus is on phenomena where duration plays a role, either at the phonological or the phonetic level. So far, I have studied a number of different processes. These are the voicing effect, Italian Raddoppiamento and compensatory lengthening.
o Voicing effect:
The term voicing effect refers to the tendency of vowels to be shorter before voiceless obstruents than before voiced ones. There is a large amount of literature on this effect. Here, I focus on the interaction between the voicing effect and contrastive vowel length.
o Italian Raddoppiamento:
Italian Raddoppiamento is a process by which, given two consecutive words, when the first word ends in a stressed vowel, the initial consonant of the following word gets lengthened. In my study, I explore the effect of intonational phrase boundaries and segment identity on the degree of lengthening.
o Compensatory Lengthening:
Compensatory lengthening occurs in cases where deletion of a segment is accompanied by lengthening of a neighboring element. I consider mainly cases of compensatory consonant lengthening. Following a typological approach, I propose different analyses (phonologization and perceived similarity) for some instances of compensatory lengthening that seem unexpected given the typological generalizations.
††††††† Minimal contrast:
Iím interested in the role of minimal contrast both in phonological and phonetic phenomena. Minimal contrast is found where two elements differ in just one dimension of contrast. For instance long /a:/ and short /a/ differ only in length and consequently, they minimally contrast for length. Experimental results show that minimal length contrasts can influence the outcome of a phonetic process, e.g. the voicing effect (see above). Furthermore, some phonological phenomena seem to be sensitive to minimal contrast. We find such an example if the metaphony patterns of certain Asturian dialects. In view of these findings, I claim that information about minimal contrasts need to be included in the phonological representation. I develop a system of contrast-coindexing that represents this kind of contrast.† I focus mainly on length contrast. Thus, my proposal dispensing with moraic representation as a means to capture length contrast.
Iím interested in the sound pattern of Basque and its allophonic phenomena. I study mainly the southern Bizkaian dialect.