Article published in:New Perspectives on Romance Linguistics: Vol. II: Phonetics, Phonology and Dialectology. Selected papers from the 35th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Austin, Texas, February 2005
Edited by Jean-Pierre Y. Montreuil
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 276] 2006
► pp. 15–29
Mapping the Patterns of Maintenance versus Merger in Bilingual Phonology
The Preservation of [a] vs. [ɑ] in Frenchville French
This acoustic investigation focuses on the preservation of the two low French vowels /a/ vs. /ɑ/ within a vowel system that otherwise manifests striking convergent properties with English. Our acoustic data demonstrate that this inherited contrast is preserved, with a distribution largely reflective of conservative French, despite various pressures on our speakers that might cause them to alter their phonetic categories in a language contact situation (in the sense of Flege 1987). The larger picture that emerges is that in contact situations we observe a complex pattern of transfer versus maintenance that cannot be accounted for via any of the current models of bilingual phonology – models driven by language internal pressures such as level differences between phonology and phonetics, sound similarity, functional load, or universal statements of markedness.
Published online: 31 August 2006
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