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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Contents

Syllable structure and syllabification
10
Phonetic implementation of the quantity contrast
36
The Germanic legacy
57
Phonetic evidence
97
Weight and Stress Patterns
169
Stress patterns with geminates
202
Summary
216
References
232
Appendix
245
Subject index
270
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Astrid Kraehenmann teaches at the University of Konstanz, Germany.

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