A declarative treatment of the phonetics and phonology of German rhymal /r/

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    The phonetic exponents of German /r/ in the rhyme of the syllable have long-domain characteristics. For all speakers they are rhymal, for some syllabic. The main characteristic is back resonance in the vocoid portion and any following contoid articulations. At least for some speakers this back resonance can be related to pharynx size, so the phonological distinctions can be characterized by the rhymal features [normal] and [narrow], the latter associated with /r/. A declarative framework has been chosen because firstly it allows no constraint violations and is therefore more restricted than OT, for example, and secondly it allows features to be specified at all levels of foot structure, not just the terminal nodes of onset, nucleus and coda.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)931-951
    Number of pages21
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

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