In order to test the persistency of the Swedish
complementary durational pattern of VCsequences
in stressed syllables, a number of native
Swedish speakers were recorded when
pronouncing words in English and German. The
words were of a kind that were expected to be
perceived by Swedes as having “short vowel”.
Swedish speakers pronounced the test words with
significantly longer post-vocalic stop consonant /k/
and /t/, than did native English and German
speakers, but not when the test word contained a
post-vocalic nasal /m/. This asymmetry was not
found when native Swedish speakers pronounced
Swedish words with the same segments in the VCsequence.
2007. 1693-1696 p.