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Phonetics and Phonology of Tense and Lax Obstruents in German.

Author: Michael Jessen
Publisher: Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., 1999.
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Knowing that the so-called voiced and voiceless stops in languages like English and German do not always literally differ in voicing, several linguists -- among them Roman Jakobson -- have proposed that dichotomies such as fortis/lenis or tense/lax might be more suitable to capture the invariant phonetic core of this distinction. Later it became the dominant view that voice onset time or laryngeal features are more  Read more...
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Jessen, Michael.
Phonetics and Phonology of Tense and Lax Obstruents in German.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, ©1999
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Jessen
ISBN: 9789027282248 9027282242
OCLC Number: 745866925
Description: 1 online resource (414 pages)
Contents: 1. Acknowledgements, pxi; 2. Preface, pxiii; 3. 1. Introduction, p1; 4. 2. Voicing and Aspiration in the Literature, p33; 5. 3. Acoustics: Temporal Parameters, p69; 6. 4. Acoustics: Perturbation Effects, p95; 7. 5. Distinctive feature Analysis of Tense/Lax Stops, p117; 8. 6. Fricatives and Stop/Fricative Differences, p165; 9. 7. Articulation: Evidence from Transillumination, p189; 10. 8. Perspectives, p249; 11. Appendix, p305; 12. Notes, p325; 13. References, p347; 14. Subject Index, p379; 15. Name Index, p389

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Knowing that the so-called voiced and voiceless stops in languages like English and German do not always literally differ in voicing, several linguists -- among them Roman Jakobson -- have proposed that dichotomies such as fortis/lenis or tense/lax might be more suitable to capture the invariant phonetic core of this distinction. Later it became the dominant view that voice onset time or laryngeal features are more reasonable alternatives. However, based on a number of facts and arguments from current phonetics and phonology this book claims that the Jakobsonian feature tense was rejected premat.

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