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/l/-vocalisation in Lucerne Swiss German dialects: a sociophonetic analysis using big data


Zihlmann, Urban B; Leemann, Adrian (2017). /l/-vocalisation in Lucerne Swiss German dialects: a sociophonetic analysis using big data. In: Phonetics & Phonology in German-speaking countries (P&P 13), Berlin, 27 September 2017 - 29 September 2017. Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft und Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 201-204.

Abstract

This study compares the Lucerne German allophones of Middle High German <l> using data from the crowdsourcing smartphone app Dialäkt Äpp, to those of the Linguistic Atlas of German-Speaking Switzerland. In doing so we examine language change in real-time across c. 70 years. In the north of the Canton of Lucerne, use of /l/-vocalisation has receded, whereas in the west, and in and around the city of Lucerne, /l/-vocalisation occurs more frequently than at the time of the historic atlas. Both age and sex differences were found to be statistically non-significant, though older speakers tended to vocalise more. Generally, however, we report substantial areal heterogeneity which we suspect is due to the Canton’s geographical location in a dialectal transition zone, increased personal mobility, and the growing presence of broadcast media in dialect.

Abstract

This study compares the Lucerne German allophones of Middle High German <l> using data from the crowdsourcing smartphone app Dialäkt Äpp, to those of the Linguistic Atlas of German-Speaking Switzerland. In doing so we examine language change in real-time across c. 70 years. In the north of the Canton of Lucerne, use of /l/-vocalisation has receded, whereas in the west, and in and around the city of Lucerne, /l/-vocalisation occurs more frequently than at the time of the historic atlas. Both age and sex differences were found to be statistically non-significant, though older speakers tended to vocalise more. Generally, however, we report substantial areal heterogeneity which we suspect is due to the Canton’s geographical location in a dialectal transition zone, increased personal mobility, and the growing presence of broadcast media in dialect.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Other), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:29 September 2017
Deposited On:07 Mar 2018 13:05
Last Modified:02 Dec 2021 04:41
Publisher:Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft und Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.18452/18805
Related URLs:https://edoc.hu-berlin.de/handle/18452/19531 (Library Catalogue)
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