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Some Phonetic-phonological Features of Macedonian and Slovenian Languages

Author(s): Veselinka Labroska
Subject(s): Macedonian Literature, Slovenian Literature
Published by: Институт за македонска литература
Keywords: phonetic-phonological features; Macedonian; Slovene; phonological system; phoneme /v/; sandhi; orthoepy

Summary/Abstract: Macedonian and Slovene are two related languages that belong to the South Slavic family of languages. They have phonetic-phonological features that on one hand are similar, but on the other hand are different. This research will show the right image of the direction of their mutual developments. The main subject of this study is a comparative analysis of the phonetic system of both languages, with emphasis on phoneme /v/. Phoneme /v/ is the most complex phoneme in the Slovene spoken literary language, with the most allophones and normative deviations. On the other hand, in the Macedonian literary language this phoneme is an obstruent but the distribution features are specific according to the sonant character of /v/. The appearances that should be explored are the features of the consonant groups in both languages as well as their assimilative and dissimilative processes manifesting in the frames of these groups. In the usage of the standard language speech forms in different language areas, deviations from the normative form are attested in both languages (Macedonian and Slovene). Hence in Macedonian, the deviations from regular pronunciation of the vocals and of the right prosody are emphasized. While in Slovene there is a distinction in speech forms, especially of the sounds in some positions of the phoneme /v/. These remarks point out the need of making a solid analysis on the situations and regulations of the orthography norms that at the present time are missing from both languages.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 81-93
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Macedonian
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