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Evaluating phonological status: significance of paradigm uniformity vs. prosodic grouping effects

  • A central concern of linguistic phonetics is to define criteria for determining the phonological status of sounds or sound properties observed in phonetic surface form. Based on acoustic measurements we show that the occurrence of syllabic sonorants vs. schwa-sonorant sequences in German is determined exclusively by segmental and prosodic structure, with no paradigm uniformity effects. We argue that these findings are consistent with a uniform representation of syllabic sonorants as schwa sonorant sequences in the lexicon. The stability of schwa in CVC-suffixes (e.g. the German diminutive suffix -chen), as opposed to its phonetic absence in a segmentally comparable underived context, is argued to be conditioned by the prosodic organisation of such suffixes external to the phonological word of the stem.

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Author:Renate Raffelsiefen, Caren Brinckmann
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences: ICPhS XVI, 6 - 10 August 2007, Saarbrücken, Germany
Publisher:Universität des Saarlandes
Place of publication:Saarbrücken
Editor:Jürgen Trouvain, William J. Barry
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2007
Date of Publication (online):2016/05/30
Tag:German; paradigm uniformity; phonological status; phonological word; schwa
First Page:1441
Last Page:1444
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt