Morphological paradigm effects on phonetic realization

James Kirby, Alan Yu

Research output: Working paper

Abstract / Description of output

Previous studies have shown phonetic variation can be lexically conditioned (Wright, 1997; Munson and Solomon, 2004; Munson, 2007; Scarborough, 2006). Morphological paradigms have also been implicated in phonetic variation (Steriade, 2000; Kuperman et al., 2007). This paper investigates the nature of morphological paradigm effects on vowel production in German verbs. We report the results of a production experiment showing that, while paradigmatic complexity affects vowel dispersion, the effect is mediated by word frequency.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • German
  • morphology
  • complexity
  • variation


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