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A note on the strength of vowels
A note on the strength of vowels

Author(s): Guillaume Enguehard, Xiaoliang Luo
Subject(s): Phonetics / Phonology
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: vowels; lenition; fortition; branching; contour

Summary/Abstract: This paper is a modest contribution to the understanding of vocalic strength. Our aim is to show that the strength of consonants and the strength of vowels can be unified. For this, we propose that the only factor of strength is length. More precisely: branching segments are stronger and segments sharing their positions with other segments are weaker. We discuss several examples of phenomena related to vowels which illustrate this strength hierarchy.

  • Issue Year: 67/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 109-120
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English