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Diphthongs versus monophthongs in English

  • We present evidence for the analysis of the vowels in English <say> and <so> as biphonemic diphthongs /ɛi/ and /əu/, based on neutralization patterns, regular alternations, and foot structure. /ɛi/ and /əu/ are hence structurally on a par with the so called “true diphthongs” /ɑi/, /ɐu/, /ɔi/, but also share prosodic organization with the monophthongs /i/ and /u/. The phonological evidence is supported by dynamic measurements based on the American English TIMIT database. Calculations of F2-slopes proved to be especially suited to distinguish the relevant groups in accordance with their phonologically motivated prosodic organizations.

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Author:Renate Raffelsiefen, Anja Geumann
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-71717
DOI:https://doi.org/10.18452/18805
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the conference on phonetics & phonology in German-speaking countries (P&P 13)
Publisher:Leibniz-Zentrum allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS); Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Place of publication:Berlin
Editor:Malte Belz, Susanne Fuchs, Stefanie Jannedy, Christine Mooshammer, Oksana Rasskazova, Marzena Żygis
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2018
Date of Publication (online):2018/02/26
Publicationstate:Veröffentlichungsversion
Reviewstate:Peer-Review
Ressources:TIMIT
Ressources:PRAAT
Tools:R
GND Keyword:Diphthong; Englisch
First Page:157
Last Page:160
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 420 Englisch
BDSL-Classification:Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Phonetik / Phonologie
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland