Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:


Still Needed:


Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington

Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

New from Cambridge University Press!


Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.

Query Details

Query Subject:   Icelandic phonology
Author:   Antony Dubach Green
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology
Subject Language(s):  Icelandic

Query:   Fri, 13 Feb 1998 06:30:42 -0500
Antony Dubach Green
Icelandic phonology

I have a series of questions about Icelandic phonology.

(1) Am I correct in assuming that the orthographic contrast is
word-initially one of aspiration rather than voicing? I.e. in
'day' represents a voiceless unaspirated stop; while in 'to
speak' a voiceless aspirated stop.

(2) Am I correct in assuming that intervocalic is actually UNaspirated?
E.g. in a word like 'street', the represents the same sound as is
found at the beginning of , NOT the same as is found at the beginning
of .

(3) Are there any words in Icelandic with intervocalic orthographic
(not counting morpheme-initial d after a prefix or in a compound)? A quick
glance through an Icelandic dictionary reveals lots of (edh) in this
position, but I couldn't find any . If does occur in this position,
how is it pronounced? Does it merge with the of ?

(4) I have found a word-internal orthographic contrast in the context
l_r: 'notable' vs. 'to hang'. Is there still a phonetic
difference between the d and the t? If so, what is it?

(5) Are there any other relevant examples, e.g. -Vdr- vs. -Vtr-?

As usual, all the descriptive grammars I can find spend two pages on
phonology and 200 on morphology and syntax...

Thanks in advance,
Antony D. Green
- --------------------------------------------------------------------
Antony Dubach Green green@zas.gwz-berlin.de
Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Jaegerstr. 10/11 Tel (+49 30) 20 192 574
10117 Berlin
Deutschland Fax (+49 30) 20 192 402

- --------------------------------------------------------------------
LL Issue: 9.224
Date posted: 14-Feb-1998


Sums main page