ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)
Standard Austrian German, which distinguishes eight front vowels, exploits two front constriction locations for distinguishing these vowels, a pre-palatal and a palatal one. However, the pre-palatal location is acoustically unstable, and, consequently, phonologically undesirable. The existence of a sound change which neutralizes the /i/ and /./ vowels in a first step and shifts the constriction location of the remaining /i/ towards the palatal region in a second step is investigated.
Bibliographic reference. Moosmüller, Sylvia (2008): "Interaction of phonetics, phonology, and sociophonology - illustrated by the vowels of standard Austrian German", In ExLing-2008, 173-176.