The paper considers two typologically rare phonological phenomena related to the development of sound lengthening and reduction that appear in two dialects of the severely endangered Ingrian language in North-Western Russia. The first is attested in the Soikkola dialect, and involves a phonological ternary quantity contrast of consonants. The second exists in the Lower Luga dialect, and involves a phonological opposition of full modal and reduced voiceless vowels. First, brief phonetic, phonological and typological profiles of these contrasts are given. Furthermore, I analyze their probable further evolution against the typological background of similar phenomena in genetically related and unrelated languages. In the end, I discuss the question of stability and maintenance forces of these contrasts, as well as their significance in light of general prosodic development of the Soikkola and Lower Luga dialects.
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||New trends in Nordic and general linguistics|
|Editor||M. Hilpert, J. Duke, Ch. Mertzlufft, J.-O. Östman, M. Rießler|
|Numero di pagine||27|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2015|
- Finnic languages
- typological rarities
- vowel reduction