15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)
This study examines phonological quantity and its phonetic outcome
in a large range of modern Swedish dialects. It focusses on the so-called
complementary quantity pattern and the accompanying differences in
vocalic quality. The results show that the amount of complementarity
in quantity distinctions varies systematically across the dialects.
This is due to reduced differences between long and short consonants.
Furthermore we found some indication that the spectral difference between long and short vowels increases when the degree of complementarity decreases.
Bibliographic reference. Schaeffler, Felix / Wretling, Pär (2003): "Towards a typology of phonological quantity in the dialects of modern Swedish", In ICPhS-15, 2697-2700.