ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

Interaction of Phonetics, Phonology, and Sociophonology - Illustrated by the Vowels of Standard Austrian German

Sylvia Moosmüller

Acoustics Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

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.

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Bibliographic reference.  Moosmüller, Sylvia (2008): "Interaction of phonetics, phonology, and sociophonology - illustrated by the vowels of standard Austrian German", In ExLing-2008, 173-176.