Eftychia Eftychiou
University of Cambridge

ID 1409
[full paper]

The present paper presents the results of an experimental investigation of the connected speech process of close-vowel lenition in Cypriot Greek (henceforth CG). The process appears to be gradient, with stops whose adjacent vowels have been elided being acoustically different from canonical word-final stops, indicating residual stop-vowel coarticulation. Finally, the study reveals two routes to lenition in CG; one involves a full consonant with a lenited vowel, and the other a lenited consonant with a full vowel, potentially signifying that the laryngeal setting is the same in both cases and that the different acoustic patterns are the result of supralaryngeal imprecision.