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Citation: Greca, Pia and Gubian, Michele and Harrington, Jonathan: Supplementary material to "The relationship between the coarticulatory source and effect in sound change: evidence from Italo-Romance" (submitted). February 2023. Open Data LMU. 10.5282/ubm/data.396

Supplementary material to "The relationship between the coarticulatory source and effect in sound change: evidence from Italo-Romance" (submitted)
Supplementary material to "The relationship between the coarticulatory source and effect in sound change: evidence from Italo-Romance" (submitted)

In ongoing sound changes, a coarticulatory effect is often enhanced as the coarticulatory source that gives rise to it wanes. But quite how phonologisation and these reciprocal coarticulatory changes are connected is still poorly understood. The present study addresses this issue through an acoustic analysis of metaphony, which like umlaut has its phonetic origins in VCV coarticulation, and which was analysed in three geographically proximal varieties spoken in the so-called Lausberg area in Southern Italy. The corpus was of 35 speakers producing mostly disyllabic words with phonetically mid stem vowels and suffix vowels that varied in phonetic height. The results of functional principal components analysis applied to the stem vowels’ first two formant frequencies showed a progressively greater enhancement to the vowel stem across the three regions that was characterised by raising, diphthongisation, and then further raising and monophthongisation. Suffix erosion was quantified by counting deletions and the degree of vowel centralisation. The analysis showed a reciprocal relationship between stem enhancement and suffix erosion across, but not within, the three dialects. Overall, the results suggest that a trade-off of cues between suffix and stem vowel has progressed to different degrees between the three varieties.

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Greca, Pia
Gubian, Michele
Harrington, Jonathan
2023

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Abstract

In ongoing sound changes, a coarticulatory effect is often enhanced as the coarticulatory source that gives rise to it wanes. But quite how phonologisation and these reciprocal coarticulatory changes are connected is still poorly understood. The present study addresses this issue through an acoustic analysis of metaphony, which like umlaut has its phonetic origins in VCV coarticulation, and which was analysed in three geographically proximal varieties spoken in the so-called Lausberg area in Southern Italy. The corpus was of 35 speakers producing mostly disyllabic words with phonetically mid stem vowels and suffix vowels that varied in phonetic height. The results of functional principal components analysis applied to the stem vowels’ first two formant frequencies showed a progressively greater enhancement to the vowel stem across the three regions that was characterised by raising, diphthongisation, and then further raising and monophthongisation. Suffix erosion was quantified by counting deletions and the degree of vowel centralisation. The analysis showed a reciprocal relationship between stem enhancement and suffix erosion across, but not within, the three dialects. Overall, the results suggest that a trade-off of cues between suffix and stem vowel has progressed to different degrees between the three varieties.

Item Type:Data
Contact Person:Greca, Pia
E-Mail of Contact:greca at phonetik.uni-muenchen.de
Subjects:Languages and Literatures
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Language
400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 450 Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romatic
ID Code:396
Deposited By: Dr. Pia Greca
Deposited On:01. Sep 2023 06:44
Last Modified:01. Sep 2023 08:10

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