Nonconvergence and Divergence in Bilingual Phonological and Phonetic Systems: Low Back Vowels in Moundridge Schweitzer German and English

Hyoun A. Joo, Lara Schwarz, B. Richard Page

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-323
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Language Contact
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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