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ERIC Number: EJ976946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8309
The Similarity of Plural Endings and Linking Elements in Regional Speech Variants of Dutch
Hanssen, Esther; Banga, Arina; Neijt, Anneke; Schreuder, Robert
Language and Speech, v55 n3 p437-454 Sep 2012
The plural suffix "-en" ("noot"+"en", "nuts") is pronounced differently by speakers coming from different regions of the Netherlands. In this study, we compared the pronunciation of the plural suffix "-en" in phrases ("noot"+"en kraken", "to crack nuts") with linking "en" in compounds ("noot"+"en"+"kraker", "nutcracker"), because some claim that both are similar (Schreuder, Neijt, van der Weide, & Baayen, 1998), whereas others claim that they are not (Verkuyl, 2007). The pronunciations of 109 participants coming from five regions of the Netherlands were therefore compared in a picture naming task. A systematic relation between the pronunciations of plural "-en" and linking "en" was detected: Speakers from the Northern and Eastern regions produced [([schwa])n] most often for both the linking elements and plural endings, while speakers from the Middle and Western regions produced [[schwa]] most often for both. For speakers from the Southern region, we found no preference to pronounce either [[schwa]] or [[schwa]n] in compounds or phrases. It is concluded that Dutch speakers often do not distinguish plural "-en" from linking "en" in their speech production. Possibly, speakers of Dutch consider linking "en" and plural "-en" as the same morpheme. (Contains 5 tables, 3 figures and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands