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Query Subject:   Icelandic phonology
Author:   Antony Dubach Green
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonology
Subject Language(s):  Icelandic

Query:   Fri, 13 Feb 1998 06:30:42 -0500
Antony Dubach Green
Icelandic phonology

I have a series of questions about Icelandic phonology.

(1) Am I correct in assuming that the orthographic contrast is
word-initially one of aspiration rather than voicing? I.e. in
'day' represents a voiceless unaspirated stop; while in 'to
speak' a voiceless aspirated stop.

(2) Am I correct in assuming that intervocalic is actually UNaspirated?
E.g. in a word like 'street', the represents the same sound as is
found at the beginning of , NOT the same as is found at the beginning
of .

(3) Are there any words in Icelandic with intervocalic orthographic
(not counting morpheme-initial d after a prefix or in a compound)? A quick
glance through an Icelandic dictionary reveals lots of (edh) in this
position, but I couldn't find any . If does occur in this position,
how is it pronounced? Does it merge with the of ?

(4) I have found a word-internal orthographic contrast in the context
l_r: 'notable' vs. 'to hang'. Is there still a phonetic
difference between the d and the t? If so, what is it?

(5) Are there any other relevant examples, e.g. -Vdr- vs. -Vtr-?

As usual, all the descriptive grammars I can find spend two pages on
phonology and 200 on morphology and syntax...

Thanks in advance,
Antony D. Green
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Antony Dubach Green
Zentrum fuer Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Jaegerstr. 10/11 Tel (+49 30) 20 192 574
10117 Berlin
Deutschland Fax (+49 30) 20 192 402

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LL Issue: 9.224
Date posted: 14-Feb-1998


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