Title: Analogy, frequency, and sound change: The case of Dutch devoicing
Authors: De Schryver, Johan ×
Neijt, Anneke
Ghesquière, Pol
Ernestus, Mirjam #
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Series Title: Journal of Germanic Linguistics vol:20 issue:2 pages:159-195
Abstract: This study investigates the roles of phonetic analogy and lexical frequency in an ongoing sound change, the devoicing of fricatives in Dutch, which occurs mainly in the Netherlands and to a lesser degree in Flanders. Dutch and Flemish students read two variants of 98 words: the standard and a non-standard form with the incorrect voice value of the fricative. Dutch students chose the non-standard forms with devoiced fricatives more often than Flemish students. Moreover, devoicing, though a gradual process, appeared lexically diffused, affecting first the words that are low frequent and phonetically similar to words with voiceless fricatives.
ISSN: 1470-5427
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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× corresponding author
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