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The 'Medieval Sibilants' of the Eulalia-Ludwigslied Manuscript and Their Development in Early Old French
Vol. 55, No. 4 (Dec., 1979), pp. 842-858
Published by: Linguistic Society of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/412747
Page Count: 17
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The account given by Joos 1952 of the emergence of a contrast between laminal and apical sibilants in Old French and Old High German, and its reduction in Later Old French and Middle High German, is brought into sharper focus by examining the evidence of a 9th century MS containing a text in Old Picard and one in Old Rhine Franconian written by the same hand. This evidence suggests a re-interpretation of the development of the sibilant systems in these border dialects-and also in the 'standard' literary dialects-in terms of separate features of manner and point of articulation for sibilants; and it raises questions concerning the relationship between contrast and sound change.
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