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Historical */s/ in Preconsonantal Position in the German Minority Language of Sauris/Zahre in North-Eastern Italy

Barbara Vogt    Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Italia    

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In this paper aspects of the sibilant system in the variety spoken in the Germanic language island Sauris/Zahre in north-eastern Italy are presented. I investigate whether an intermediate, postalveolar “shibilant” (from Protogermanic */s/) in preconsonantal position is preserved from Middle High German as observed in other German minority languages in northern Italy. In Sauris/Zahre, in preconsonantal position a postalveolar realization is sometimes mentioned in literature, while in Modern Standard German and most related varieties in this position historical, postalveolar */s/ is retracted to palatoalveolar /ʃ/.

Published
April 12, 2022
Accepted
Nov. 10, 2021
Submitted
July 30, 2021
Language
EN