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PhD project

Danish stop sounds at the intersection of phonetics, phonology, language variation and language change

A project on phonology, phonetics, and the space between them.

Rasmus Puggaard-Rode

My dissertation deals with the stop consonants of Danish. It is largely corpus-based. I use a corpus of spontaneous spoken Danish to investigate intervocalic voicing and spectral characteristics of stop releases, and a large legacy corpus of dialect recordings to investigate regional variation in voice onset time, closure voicing, and characteristics of stop releases. I also discuss phonological representation and phonological processes, particularly the infamous Danish stop-semivowel alternations, suggesting that they are better understood as the outcome of sound change rather than synchronically active phonology.

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