The phonological status of Dutch epenthetic schwa

Natasha Warner, Allard Jongman, Anne Cutler, Doris Mücke

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In this paper, we use articulatory measures to determine whether Dutch schwa epenthesis is an abstract phonological process or a concrete phonetic process depending on articulatory timing. We examine tongue position during /1/ before underlying schwa and epenthetic schwa and in coda position. We find greater tip raising before both types of schwa, indicating light /1/ before schwa and dark /1/ in coda position. We argue that the ability of epenthetic schwa to condition the /1/ alternation shows that Dutch schwa epenthesis is an abstract phonological process involving insertion of some unit, and cannot be accounted for within Articulatory Phonology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-420
Number of pages34
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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