West-Frisian has a highly frequent suffix -/ən/ in which the schwa is usually deleted. This results in a single nasal which is analysed as ‘syllabic’, at least after obstruents. However, it is unclear what happens if schwa deletion occurs after a stem-final nasal as in hûn-en ‘dog.PL’. We consider several options, including nasal deletion, nasal contraction, and gemination. We compare the duration of an underlyingly single nasal in stem-final position with that of the nasal after schwa deletion in -/nən/ as in hûn ~ hûnen. The results reveal that the nasal in hûnen after schwa deletion is more than twice as long as in hûn and also longer than after schwa deletion in /tən/. This indicates that the nasal is geminated. We discuss the status of this nasal in light of the fact that gemination does not occur elsewhere in the phonology of Frisian.
|Publication status||Published - 01 Sep 2019|
- West Frisian
Sloos, M., Dijkstra, J., & van Heuven, V. (2019). Schwa deletion results in geminate formation in West-Frisian. 117-121. https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs-proceedings/ICPhS2019/papers/ICPhS_166.pdf