Final lengthening

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A prominent lengthening of the duration of the last sounds preceding the end of a certain domain. The amount of lengthening depends on the depth of the domain boundary: e.g. the amount of final lengthening is much greater for sentence boundaries than for word boundaries. Cf. anticipatory shortening


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Cambier-Langeveld, T. 1997. The domain of final lengthening in the production of Dutch., In: J. Coerts & H. de Hoop (eds.) Linguistics in the Netherlands 1997, 13-24, Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia.