This study explores the bilingual phonology of two heritage speakers of Moundridge Schweitzer German (MSG) from Moundridge, Kansas. The speakers are descendants of Mennonite speakers of German who settled in the area around Moundridge, Kansas, in the 1870s. The production of Moundridge Schweitzer German /a/ and /c/ and American English /a/ and /c/ were compared and no evidence of phonological or phonetic convergence was found. For one speaker, there was evidence that phonetic realizations of /a/ and /c/ in the two languages were diverging with a merger or a near merger of the two vowels in the heritage variety of German but not in English.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language