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Query Details


Query Subject:   Tenure Requirements for Linguists in Foreign Lang Depts.
Author:   Lynn Pearson
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics
Phonology
Subject Language(s):  English


Query:   Dear Linguists,

I'm looking for information on pretonic schwa-zero alternation in
English, e.g. police~p'lice, potato~p'tato etc. I'm particularly
interested in whether there are any constraints on its application,
e.g. in the quality of the flanking consonants. I haven't found any
detailed literature on this topic, so I would also be grateful for
references. Thank you in advance,

Katalin B. Berces
LL Issue: 13.687
Date posted: 14-Mar-2002



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