15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Faroese Preaspiration

Pétur Helgason

Stockholms Universitet, Sweden

This paper presents findings on the phonological distribution and phonetic realization of Faroese stops, with particular emphasis on preaspiration. Spontaneous speech data from 4 speakers of the Torshavn dialect were recorded, and their stop production was analyzed. The data show that the somewhat contradictory accounts of the phonological distribution of preaspiration in previous works partly reflect a lack of uniformity among subjects in the phonological distribution of preaspirated variants. Further, the production of preaspiration was found to have a high degree of contextual variation. Lastly, when compared with preaspiration in other Scandinavian languages, the detailed phonological distribution of preaspiration was found to differ considerably between languages, although some central characteristics are shared between all of them. The implications of these data for historical sound change are discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Helgason, Pétur (2003): "Faroese preaspiration", In ICPhS-15, 2517-2520.