Quantity-quality interactions in Welsh vowels

Phonologization across dialects

May 30, 2015

23rd Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

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Categories:  Welsh Phonetics-phonology interface Historical phonology

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I present the results of a phonetic study of the relationship between vowel quality and vowel quantity. The results confirm that the descriptions are correct in setting up a categorical distinction between two varieties of long mid vowels (tense [eː oː] and lax [ɛː ɔː]) in South-West Welsh. This system plausibly arose as the enhancement of a pattern where there is no quality distinctions between short and long vowels, with continuous variation in height in both prosodic contexts. The rise of the south-western pattern is connected to the phonologization of a trading relation in duration between the stressed penultimate and the final syllable, which is still attested in the relevant varieties. This presents an interesting example of ‘rule scattering’ (Bermúdez-Otero 2014).

The handout is much more detailed than the slides. However, there is a rather embarrassing misinterpretation of the durational effect for the ‘non-enhanced’ system. I’m leaving this unchanged in the interest of historical veracity, but see my Gregynog presentation, once it’s available, for the corrected version.

Also, I plan on releasing the data behind this presentation fairly soon — check back later for a link.



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I’m Pavel Iosad, and I'm a Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology in the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. ¶ You can always go to the start page to learn more.

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