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Title: 'Analogy, Frequency, and Sound Change. The case of Dutch devoicing'
Author: JohanDe Schryver
Institution: 'Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel'
Author: AnnekeNeijt
Institution: 'Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen'
Author: PolGhesquière
Institution: 'Université Catholique de Louvain'
Author: MirjamErnestus
Institution: 'Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen'
Linguistic Field: 'Phonetics'
Subject Language: 'Dutch'
Abstract: This study investigates the roles of phonetic analogy and lexical frequency in an ongoing sound change, the devoicing of fricatives in Dutch, which occurs mainly in the Netherlands and to a lesser degree in Flanders. In the experiment, Dutch and Flemish students read two variants of 98 words: the standard and a nonstandard form with the incorrect voice value of the fricative. Dutch students chose the non-standard forms with devoiced fricatives more often than Flemish students. Moreover, devoicing, though a gradual process, appeared lexically diffused, affecting first the words that are low in frequency and phonetically similar to words with voiceless fricatives.

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This article appears in Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 20, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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