Article published in:Voicing in Dutch: (De)voicing – phonology, phonetics, and psycholinguistics
Edited by Jeroen van de Weijer and Erik Jan van der Torre
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 286] 2007
► pp. 81–98
3. Exceptions to final devoicing
Some dialects of Dutch show systematic exceptions to final devoicing in the first person singular of verbs ending in a long or tense vowel and a fricative. This observation raises questions about the morphology – what makes the first person singular of verbs so special? –, and about the phonology – what makes fricatives after long vowels so special? As to the morphological side of things, this paper argues that the first person singular suffix, which used to be a schwa, is still present as an abstract vocalic position. From the phonological point of view, I argue that Dutch fricatives have a phonological length contrast rather than a voicing contrast. Since (empty) syllabic positions and consonant length both are expressed in the phonotactic dimension, it is expected that they interact.
Published online: 26 October 2007
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