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LINGUIST List 23.4907

Sun Nov 25 2012

Books: Linking Elements in Compounds: Hanssen

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 20-Nov-2012
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Linking Elements in Compounds: Hanssen
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Title: Linking Elements in Compounds
Subtitle: Regional Variation in Speech Production and Perception
Series Title: LOT dissertation series

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Esther Hanssen

Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930799 Pages: Price: Europe EURO


Abstract:

Words like noot+en+kraker (‘nutcracker’) and pan+en+koek (‘pancake’) contain a
linking element en in between the two parts of the compound. In Dutch, this
linking en is most often homographic with the regular plural suffix –en
(noot+en ‘nuts’ - noot+en+kraker ‘nutcracker’). This dissertation investigates
whether the linking element en in spoken Dutch compounds is similar to the
plural suffix -en. The psycholinguistic studies reported here investigate the
pronunciations of the linking en and the plural suffix -en for Dutch speakers
from five different regions of the Netherlands, and for Frisian-Dutch
bilinguals from two regions of Friesland. Second, the studies reported here
investigate whether speakers of standard Dutch and speakers from different
regions of the Netherlands interpret subtle speech variants of linking en as a
plural marker. This dissertation reveals clear regional pronunciation
variation of the linking en in compounds for Dutch speakers. Moreover, the
speech variants of Dutch linking en are most often interpreted as plural
forms. This study is of interest to scholars interested in linguistics,
psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. It shows the diversity of language:
Regional variation exists in the pronunciation and interpretation of linking
elements in Dutch compounds. This implicates that speakers from different,
although closely related linguistic backgrounds arrive at subtly different
interpretations in everyday speech.




Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)


Written In: English (eng)

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