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Wed Jul 08 2015

Books: The Sociophonetics and Phonology of Dutch r: Sebregts

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Date: 07-Jul-2015
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Subject: The Sociophonetics and Phonology of Dutch r: Sebregts
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Title: The Sociophonetics and Phonology of Dutch r
Series Title: LOT dissertation series
Published: 2015
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

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Author: Koen Sebregts
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460931611 Pages: Price: ----

Rhotics, or r-sounds, are known to display a large amount of variation, both cross-linguistically and within particular languages. Dutch is an example of such a language: even within what is generally regarded as the standard varie-ty, around 20 different variants can be distinguished, and the variation among them is governed by both linguistic and extra-linguistic factors. The present study has both empirical and theoretical aims. Its main empirical aim is to catalogue Dutch r-variation, based on the collection and analysis of a corpus of acoustic speech data from over 400 speakers (~20.000 tokens) in ten cities in the Netherlands and Flanders. In addition, it presents a detailed articulatory (ultrasound) study of an innovative coda approximant variant. The theoretical contribution of the thesis lies in the development of a model of progressive sound change to account for the origins, development and current status of Dutch r-variation. In doing so, it tries to unite the interests of sociophoneticians and phonologists in the study of r-variation: while the former may seek to un-tangle the geographical, social and linguistic factors involved, the latter might attempt to explain what unites the many variants, in order to define r as a category. This thesis shows the relevance of detailed sociophonetic analysis for answering phonological questions, and argues that the unity among r-variants is established by tracing the diachronic links between them.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Written In: English (eng)

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