Palatalization in Austin. A sociophonetic analysis of sibilants

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Title: Palatalization in Austin. A sociophonetic analysis of sibilants
Authors: Ahlers, Wiebke
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Thesis advisor: Prof. Dr. Alexander Bergs
Thesis referee: Prof. Dr. Markus Bieswanger
Abstract: The dissertation describes a change in apparent time in the pronunciation of sibilants in the consonant cluster /str/. The empirical investigation of this feature in interviews from Austin shows a lower frequency profile for the sibilant in this cluster when compared to other sibilant productions. This acoustic characterization is indicative of the retraction of the tongue in the production of the sibilant. The further sociophonetic investigation provides statistical evidence for a change in apparent time that is affected mostly by sibilant duration and ethnic identification of the speaker. Additional qualitative analyses further support the interpretation of this process as a change from below.
Subject Keywords: retraction; sibilants
Issue Date: 17-Jul-2020
License name: Attribution 3.0 Germany
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Type of publication: Dissertation oder Habilitation [doctoralThesis]
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