Fortis and Lenis in Germanic

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Gerda I. Alexander

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Gerda I. Alexander - Fortis and Lenis in Germanic.
This study represents a bold reanalysis of the phonemic system of Germanic consonants. The accepted primary voiced-voiceless phonemic contrast is replaced... Lire la suite
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This study represents a bold reanalysis of the phonemic system of Germanic consonants. The accepted primary voiced-voiceless phonemic contrast is replaced by fortis-lenis, whose origin is projected back into Proto-Germanic. It is proposed to view the Germanic consonant shift as the result of lenition in Gmc. /b d g f X s X/ and of strengthening of articulation in Gmc. /p t k/. Voice and spirantization are characteristic of the lenis members, whereas voicelessness and extraduration are characteristic of fortis.
This concept, backed by orthographic, comparative and acoustic phonetic data, supplies not only a simpler and more plausible development into the daughter languages, but also provides a common element in the explanation of the First and Second Sound Shift.

Caractéristiques

  • Date de parution
    31/12/1983
  • Editeur
    American University Studies - Series I: Germanic Languages and Literature
  • Collection
    American University Studies -
  • ISBN
    0-8204-0028-9
  • EAN
    9780820400280
  • Présentation
    Broché
  • Poids
    0.332 Kg
  • Dimensions
    26,3 cm × 15,6 cm × 1,3 cm

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