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Linguistics Fridays Colloquium Talk – Cudworth
December 7, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Andrea Cudworth, UW-Madison
This paper analyzes sibilants in Menominee through the historical record and modern acoustic analysis. Menominee has maintained [s] and [ʃ], though they are no longer contrastive as they were in Proto-Algonquian (Bloomfield 1946). Analysis of audio recordings over 40 years shows that sibilants surface across the whole [s]-[ʃ] range that was formerly bimodally divided, pointing to a ‘merger of expansion’ as proposed by Herold (1990) and Labov (1994). Measurements also show an apparent shift in average Hz of COG between the 1970s – 2000s in Menominee, indicating that sibilants have become increasingly [s]-like over the past 40 years.