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‘Chend’ met <e> – ‘Kind’ mit <e>: using Big Data to explore phoneme-to-grapheme mapping in Lucerne Swiss German


Zihlmann, Urban; Leemann, Adrian (2016). ‘Chend’ met <e> – ‘Kind’ mit <e>: using Big Data to explore phoneme-to-grapheme mapping in Lucerne Swiss German. In: 12. Tagung Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum, München, 12 October 2016 - 14 October 2016, 236-240.

Abstract

Speakers from the canton of Lucerne are infamous for spelling Middle High German (MHG) <i> as <e> when communicating in written Swiss German, e.g. Kind (‘child’) as <Chend>. This phenomenon has been examined only impressionistically by phoneticians. This study provides a first account of this peculiarity of Lucerne Swiss German spellers: an analysis of normalised formant frequencies of two underlyingly MHG <i> vowels from 200+ speakers of the Dialäkt Äpp corpus revealed that the Lucerne allophone is in reality [e] for most of the localities examined, which may explain why in vernacular writing, spellers prefer <e> over <i>. Homophony due to this peculiarity can cause misunderstandings in written and oral communication, and possibly has repercussions on the reading and writing development of Lucerne students.

Abstract

Speakers from the canton of Lucerne are infamous for spelling Middle High German (MHG) <i> as <e> when communicating in written Swiss German, e.g. Kind (‘child’) as <Chend>. This phenomenon has been examined only impressionistically by phoneticians. This study provides a first account of this peculiarity of Lucerne Swiss German spellers: an analysis of normalised formant frequencies of two underlyingly MHG <i> vowels from 200+ speakers of the Dialäkt Äpp corpus revealed that the Lucerne allophone is in reality [e] for most of the localities examined, which may explain why in vernacular writing, spellers prefer <e> over <i>. Homophony due to this peculiarity can cause misunderstandings in written and oral communication, and possibly has repercussions on the reading and writing development of Lucerne students.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:dialectology, formants, regional variation, crowdsourcing, Swiss German, iOS, Lucerne German
Language:English
Event End Date:14 October 2016
Deposited On:22 Dec 2016 15:43
Last Modified:07 Apr 2017 05:18
Publisher:s.n.
Related URLs:https://epub.ub.uni-muenchen.de/29405/ (Library Catalogue)

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