Another perspective on consonant harmony in Dutch

Dunphy, Carla (2006) Another perspective on consonant harmony in Dutch. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

In this thesis I investigate patterns of consonant harmony in Dutch which appear to be at odds with consonant harmony data from other languages such as English and French. In order to achieve this, I undertake a recompilation of the original Dutch data. I examine two individual case studies involving children from a corpus documenting phonological development in Dutch. I describe these case studies from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, in order to provide a representative account of the factors driving harmony. This study reveals that a series of production strategies exist (mainly of segmental substitutions) that are independent from harmony itself but that result in harmonized forms. I demonstrate that the tendencies observed in the data are largely predictable from the general phonotactics of the language which, I hypothesize, affect the children's analysis of their language and, as such, yield the production strategies observed in the data.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/10449
Item ID: 10449
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 116-122.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: 2006
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Dutch language--Consonants; Dutch language--Phonology; Language acquisition.

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