Quantity and Prosodic Asymmetries in Alemannic: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives

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Walter de Gruyter, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 276 pages

The comprehensive analysis of the segmental and metrical system of the Swiss German dialect of Thurgovian provides a significant contribution to both phonetic and phonological theory. Based on the author's original fieldwork and experimental investigations, it is the first in-depth study of this area, tracing it back also to its Old High German roots, particularly that of the dialect of Notker. Quantity alternations - notably word-initial long/short consonantal alternations - asymmetric neutralization of phonetic-phonological contrasts, stress and weight are most prominent among the theoretical issues on which Thurgovian phonology is brought to bear.


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Syllable structure and syllabification
Phonetic implementation of the quantity contrast
The Germanic legacy
Phonetic evidence
Weight and Stress Patterns
Stress patterns with geminates
Subject index

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Astrid Kraehenmann teaches at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

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