LINGUIST List 14.2758

Mon Oct 13 2003

Books: Phonetics/Phonology, Alemannisch: Kraehenmann

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  1. julia.ulrich, Quantity and Prososdic Asymmetries in Alemannic: Kraehenmann

Message 1: Quantity and Prososdic Asymmetries in Alemannic: Kraehenmann

Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2003 09:18:39 +0000
From: julia.ulrich <>
Subject: Quantity and Prososdic Asymmetries in Alemannic: Kraehenmann

Title: Quantity and Prososdic Asymmetries in Alemannic
Subtitle: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives
Series Title: Phonology & Phonetics 5
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter	
Author: Astrid Kraehenmann, University of Konstanz, Germany 

Hardback: ISBN: 3110176807, Pages: xii, 262 pages, Price: Euro 98.00 /
	 approx. US$ 108.00
The comprehensive analysis of the segmental and metrical system of the
Swiss German dialect of Thurgovian by Astrid Kraehenmann provides a
significant contribution to both phonetic and phonological theory. It
comprises substantial production data from the author's original
fieldwork on which extensive acoustic measurements with statistical
evaluation were performed. In addition, a theoretically revealing
experimental investigation on perception aptly supplements the
production material. The analysis, moreover, is the first in-depth
study of this area, tracing the dialect back also to its Old High
German roots and comparing it to the historical development of
Standard German, Dutch, and English.

Quantity alternations - notably word-initial long-short consonantal
alternations - asymmetric neutralization of phonetic-phonological
contrasts, stress and weight are most prominent in the analysis of the
Thurgovian phonology. These bear on important current theoretical
issues such as the representation of geminates, phonetic correlates of
quantity and the phonetics-phonology interface in general, syllable
structure and metrics.


Chapter 1 Theoretical background and assumptions
Chapter 2 The synchronic sound system of Thurgovian
Chapter 3 The Germanic legacy
Chapter 4 Geminates: phonetic evidence 
Chapter 5 Weight and Stress Patterns
Abbreviations and symbols used 
Word index
Subject index
Language index 
Author index 

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