Thursday, 9 December 2010

/v/ in German and English

Here are two waveforms that show the differences between German /v/ and English /v/ in the two phrases G<Wir-Gefühl> (~ feeling of togetherness) and E<veer left>:
 There's no friction superimposed over the voiced section at the beginning of the phrase <Wir-Gefühl>.
In the waveform for the English phrase the non-periodic superimpositions are clearly visible (and audible, of course).

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