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Title: German fricatives: Coda devoicing or positional faithfulness?
Author: Jill N. Beckman
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Homepage: http://www.uiowa.edu/~linguist/faculty/beckman/
Institution: University of Iowa
Author: Michael Jessen
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Institution: Kriminaltechnisches Institut des Bundeskriminalamtes Wiesbaden
Author: Catherine Ringen
Institution: University of Iowa
Linguistic Field: Phonetics
Subject Language: German
Abstract: In this paper we show how Jessen & Ringen's analysis of voicing in German stops can be extended to account for the voicing of German fricatives. It is argued that while stops in German contrast for the feature [spread glottis], fricatives contrast for [voice] (and [spread glottis]). Our analysis, which involves presonorant faithfulness, is compared to an analysis with coda devoicing. We show that the two analyses make crucially different predictions, and present experimental evidence in support of the presonorant faithfulness analysis. The experimental results show considerable variation, which can be accommodated in our OT analysis.

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This article appears in Phonology Vol. 26, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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