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AI vs. AU in American English compared to German

  • American English and German AI, AU observed in cognates such as Wein, wine, Haus, house are usually treated on a par, represented with the same initial vowel (cf. [ai], [au] for Am. Engl, and German [1]). Yet, acoustic measurements indicate differences as the relevant trajectories characteristically cross in Am. Engl, but not in German. These data may indicate consistency with the same initial target for these diphthongs in German, supporting the choice of the same Symbol /a/ in phonemic representation, as opposed to distinct targets (and distinct initial phonemes) in American English.

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Author:Renate Raffelsiefen, Anja Geumann
Parent Title (English):Tagungsband. 12. Tagung Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum. P und P12, 12. - 14. Oktober 2016, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Place of publication:München
Editor:Christoph Draxler, Felicitas Kleber
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2016
Date of Publication (online):2016/10/26
Tag:corpora; diphthongs; phonetics; phonology
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Diphthong; Englisch; Phonetik; Phonologie
First Page:155
Last Page:157
DDC classes:400 Sprache
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland