Deux stratégies articulatoires pour la réalisation du contraste acoustique des sibilantes /s/ et /S/ en français
Martine Toda.

This paper reports two articulatory strategies used in the realization of /s/ - /S/ contrast in French from the observation of the MRI data of seven native speakers. These strategies are: 'tongue position adjustment' and 'tongue shape adjustment'. By examining the articulation of the subjects whose frication noise was deviant, it appeared that they already used all the possibilities for compensation within their articulatory strategy. A better normalization of their frication noise would have required complex gestures (e.g. tongue backing AND doming), which are presumably avoided by virtue of articulatory economy.