Reference : Using crowd-sourced data to analyse the ongoing merger of [ɕ] and [ʃ] in Luxembourgish
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Using crowd-sourced data to analyse the ongoing merger of [ɕ] and [ʃ] in Luxembourgish
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Gilles, Peter mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
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Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. Melbourne, Australia
Yes
International
Melbourne
Australia
19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
from 4-08-2019 to 10-08-2019
Melbourne
Australia
[en] crowd-sourcing ; Luxembourgish ; phonetics
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/39502
Similar to neighbouring German varieties, the recent language history of Luxembourgish is subject to an
ongoing merger of the alveolopalatal fricative [ɕ] (deriving from the palatal fricative [ç]) and the postalveolar
fricative [ʃ], leading progressively to the collapse, for example, of the minimal pair frech [fʀæɕ] 'cheeky, impertinent' and Fräsch [fʀæʃ] 'frog'.
The present study will draw on a large dataset— which has been recorded using an innovative smartphone application—consisting of fricative realisations of more than 1,300 speakers. In an acoustic analysis, various parameters of the two fricatives will be studied (Centre of Gravity, spectral moments, Euclidian distance, DCT coefficients) and correlated with the speaker’s age. The results show that the merger is acoustically manifest for nearly all age groups. Only the oldest speakers keep the two fricatives distinct.

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