Previous models of coarticulation have used varying combinations of advance planning and on-line calculation of weighted averages to determine how temporally overlapping speech sounds interact. A robust model of coarticulation should be able to predict such local interactions, as well as to describe changes resulting from degree of temporal overlap between adjacent events. Using a model of tongue-jaw-hyoid biomechanics (, the present paper demonstrates that typical cases of lingual coarticulation can be attributed to the intrinsic biomechanics of the human body in an entirely feed-forward model with no additional machinery. Biomechanical modeling outcomes are compared to speech production results from a previous articulometry study, and show that naturalistic coarticulatory patterns for VCV sequences emerge simply by temporally overlapping canonical muscle activations in a biomechanically realistic model. The built-in mechanics of the human body can handle at least simple VCV coarticulatory interactions with no extrinsic model at all, save one that identifies a) the right body parts, and b) the time-course of events.

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