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Gross, Johan
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Gross, J. & Forsberg, J. (2019). Weak Lips? A Possible Merger of /i/ and /y:/ in Gothenburgh. Phonetica, 1-21
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Weak Lips? A Possible Merger of /i/ and /y:/ in Gothenburgh
2019 (Engelska)Ingår i: Phonetica, ISSN 0031-8388, E-ISSN 1423-0321, s. 1-21Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study investigates a possible merger in the early stages between /i:/ and /y:/ among young speakers in Gothenburg, Sweden.

METHODS: (1) A large-scale online perception experiment testing listeners' abilities to identify the two vowels and (2) acoustic analysis of 705 vowels from 19 speakers.

RESULTS: The perception study shows that listeners classify the horizontally centralized /y:/ as /i:/, both in isolated vowel items and in items containing the full word. This indicates that /y:/ is moving into the perceptual space of /i:/. Listeners also classify the unmerged /y:/ as /i:/ when listening to [y:] in isolation, indicating that lip rounding is a perceptually weak feature, for this centralized vowel, in this variety. The acoustic analysis shows that /i:/ tends to be produced as [ɨ:], and that there is no acoustic difference between /i:/ and /y:/ in measurements correlated with the first two formants, i.e. lip rounding is the most important distinctive feature.

CONCLUSION: Results point in the direction of an incipient vowel merger, following a merger-by-approximation model. These results indicate a lack of perceptual strength of an articulatory feature in the disappearing phoneme, namely lip rounding, and the consequent perceptual similarities between the horizontally centralized [ɨ:] and /y:/.

Nyckelord
Linguistics, phonetics
Nationell ämneskategori
Studier av enskilda språk
Forskningsämne
HUMANIORA, Svenska
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13840 (URN)10.1159/000499107 (DOI)31048576 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85065608487 (Scopus ID)
Tillgänglig från: 2019-05-17 Skapad: 2019-05-17 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-06-05Bibliografiskt granskad
Gross, J. (2018). Segregated vowels: Language variation and dialect features among Gothenburg youth. Language Variation and Change, 30(3), 315-336
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Segregated vowels: Language variation and dialect features among Gothenburg youth
2018 (Engelska)Ingår i: Language Variation and Change, ISSN 0954-3945, E-ISSN 1469-8021, Vol. 30, nr 3, s. 315-336Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the effects of housing segregation on variation in the vowel systems of young speakers of Swedish who have grown up in different neighborhoods of Gothenburg. Significant differences are found for variants of the variables /i:/ and /y:/, which are strongly associated with the local dialect; these two vowels also exhibit coherence. Another vowel pair, /.:/ and /o:/, are involved in a coherent leveling process affecting many of the central Swedish dialects but differing in degree of openness in different neighborhoods of Gothenburg. The results show that the variation is not simply a reflection of foreign background, nor of groups of youth adopting single variants; rather, a number of social factors conflate in housing segregation, which interferes with the transmission of more abstract aspects of the local dialect’s vowel system to young speakers in certain neighborhoods.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Cambridge University Press, 2018
Nyckelord
Language studies
Nationell ämneskategori
Studier av enskilda språk
Forskningsämne
HUMANIORA, Engelska
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13604 (URN)10.1017/S0954394518000169 (DOI)000456822100002 ()2-s2.0-85059832532 (Scopus ID)
Tillgänglig från: 2019-03-21 Skapad: 2019-03-21 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-10-21Bibliografiskt granskad
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