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Title: Analogy, Frequency, and Sound Change. The case of Dutch devoicing
Author: Johan De Schryver
Institution: Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel
Author: Anneke Neijt
Institution: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Author: Pol Ghesquière
Institution: Université Catholique de Louvain
Author: Mirjam Ernestus
Institution: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Linguistic Field: Phonetics
Subject Language: Dutch
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. In the experiment, Dutch and Flemish students read two variants of 98 words: the standard and a nonstandard 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 in frequency and phonetically similar to words with voiceless fricatives.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 20, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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