This book is the first volume specifically devoted to the phonetics and phonology of geminate consonants, a feature of many of the world's languages including Arabic, Bengali, Finnish, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Malayalam, Persian, Saami, Swiss German, and Turkish. While the contrast between geminate and singleton consonants has been widely studied, the phonetic manifestation and phonological nature of geminate consonants, as well as their cross-linguistic similarities and differences, are not fully understood. The volume brings together original data and novel analyses of geminate consonants in a variety of languages across the world. Experts in the field present a wide range of approaches to the study of phonological contrasts in general by introducing various experimental and non-experimental methodologies; they also discuss phonological contrasts in a wider context and examine the behaviour of geminate consonants in loanword phonology and language acquisition. The volume takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on experimental phonetics, theoretical phonology, speech processing, neurolinguistics, and language acquisition.
Haruo Kubozono completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 1988. He taught phonetics and phonology at Nanzan University, Osaka University of Foreign Studies, and Kobe University before moving to the National Institute for Japanese Languages and Linguistics as Professor/Director in 2010. His research interests range from speech disfluencies to speech prosody and its interfaces with syntax and information structure. He recently edited The Handbook of Japanese Phonetics and Phonology (2015, De Gruyter Mouton) as well as special issues on pitch accent and geminate consonants in Lingua (2012) and Journal of East Asian Linguistics (2013), respectively.
PART I: PRODUCTION AND PERCEPTION OF GEMINATE CONSONANTS; PART II: PHONOLOGY OF GEMINATE CONSONANTS