Vowel and consonant quantity in Southern German varieties: D - A - CH project granted by DFG, FWF, SNF

Principal investigators: Felicias Kleber, Michael Pucher, Sylvia Moosmüller†, Stephan Schmid 

Start of the project: 1st of June 2015

 

 

Project description:

Introduction:

The Central Bavarian varieties, to which the Viennese varieties belong, seem to have changed diachronically. From the first phonetic descriptions (Pfalz 1913) to more current descriptions (Moosmüller & Brandstätter 2014) the diachronic change becomes visible on several levels of the varieties.

In this project we focus on the (in)stability of the timing system, or more precise, the quantity relations in Vowel + Consonant sequences and compare our results with the project partners in Zurich and Munich.

Aims:

The aims of this project are two-fold. The first aim is to develop a typology of the Vowel + Consonant quantities in Southern German varieties (Bavarian (Munich + Vienna) and Alemannic (Zurich)) in C1V1C2V2 contexts (where C2 can be either fricatives or nasals or plosives) and in consonant cluster sequences with increasing initial and final consonant cluster complexity. The second aim is to investigate prosodic changes in an apparent-time study and to examine the influence of internal factors (eg. speech rate) and external factors (language attitudes) on the production of speech.

Method:

Recordings and analyses of 40 speakers of the Viennese varieties (balanced for age, gender, and educational background) will be conducted. During the recording sessions the speakers are asked to read and repeat sentences in two speech rates. Furthermore a subset of speakers is asked to participate in an articulatory recording with an electromagnetic articulograph (EMA). These recordings take place at our project partners’ laboratory in Munich.

Application:

The results will not only provide insight in the current timing system of speakers of the Viennese varieties but also enable us to draw conclusions about sound changes in progress.