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Why do sonorants not voice in Hungarian?: And why do they voice in Slovak?

Bárkányi, Zsuzsanna and G. Kiss, Zoltán (2015). Why do sonorants not voice in Hungarian?: And why do they voice in Slovak? In: É. Kiss, Katalin; Surányi, Balázs and Dékány, Éva eds. Approaches to Hungarian, Volume 14. Amsterdam, Holland: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 65–94.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the acoustic aspects of voicing assimilation in Hungarian and Slovak, paying special attention to the position before the sonorant consonants /m/ and /l/. With the help of acoustic experiments, we enumerate and compare the acoustic phonetic correlates of laryngeal contrast for the obstruents /t d s z/ in various contexts in the two languages, presenting acoustic evidence of why voiceless obstruents are voiced before sonorants in Slovak but remain voiceless in Hungarian. We show that regressive voicing assimilation — including pre-sonorant voicing and inal devoicing in Slovak — is close to be a completely phonologised process in both languages.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: voicing; sonorant; Hungarian; Slovak
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 62591
Depositing User: Zsuzsanna Barkanyi
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2019 09:38
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 16:31
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/62591
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