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. 1939 . Grundzüge der Phonologie . Göttingen : Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht . Vieira , Maria José . 2002 . As vogais médias postônicas: Uma anâlise variacionista [Posttonic mid-vowels: A variationist analysis] . In L. Bisol and C. Brescancini

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Hungarian is a language with distinctive vowel quantity, but it seems that quantity discrimination in acoustic and perceptual terms is less robust for high vowels than for low ones. In this paper, we argue that the unstable behaviour of high vowels could refer to a sound change from below in Labov’s terminology. Due to our results, quantity loss was observed both for high and partly also for mid vowels, especially in unstressed position. The extent of quantity neutralisation showed an interaction with speech style, linguistic attitude, and partly also social status, but not with gender, age-dependent occupation or regional affiliation.

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1991 Wetzels, W. Leo 1992. Mid-vowel neutralization in Brazilian Portuguese. In: Cadernos de Estudios Lingüísticos 23: 19

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London . Timberlake , Alan . 2004 . A reference grammar of Russian . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Wetzels , W. Leo 1995 . Mid-vowel alternations in the Brazilian Portuguese verb . Phonology 12 . 281 – 304 . Wheeler , Max W

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Tense? (Re)lax!

A new formalisation for a controversial contrast

Author: Markus A. Pöchtrager

Portuguese, Hindi) with two series of mid vowel (open-mid [ɛ]/[ɔ] along closemid [e]/[o]) might already be subject to disagreement. Are we to treat the difference between these vowels as one of openness only, as part of a series of equal members (high vs. mid

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of a single element which heads the expression (“v” represents the absence of lexical information; head status is represented by an underline), and are realized as [u,i,a] respectively. To their left, the two mid vowels [o,e] are represented as

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