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Deafness-sonority of explosive consonants in Russian speech of bilingual adults in Germany

T.V. Lypkan, S.S. Khromov
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Lypkan Tatiana V.,

Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor 

of the Russian Language as a Foreign Language and

Methods of its Teaching Department,

St. Petersburg State University



Khromov Sergey S.,

Doctor of Philology, Professor, Head of the

Russian Language and Literary History Department,

Moscow Polytechnic University



The article analyzes realization of voiceless and voiced plosive consonants in the speech of the Russian-speaking bilingual adults of Germany reading aloud a phonetically representative text. The author measures bilingual adult’s voice pause period regarding the instant of explosion of voiced plosive consonants — voice on set time (VOT), since she considers it the most reliable acoustic indicator to differentiate between voiceless and voiced consonants. Voiced plosive consonants VOT characteristics differ in the Russian and German languages; consequently, inter-lingual phonetic interference occurs.

Keywords: voice on set time, voiceless and voiced plosive consonants; inter-lingual phonetic interference, Russian speaking bilingual adults of Germany, positive and negative voices on set time.



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