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Laboratory Phonology

Journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology

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The phonetics and phonology of Dutch mid vowels before /l/

/ Koen Sebregts1 / Dick Smakman2

1Department of Modern Languages, Utrecht University

2Department of English Language and Culture, LUCL, Leiden University

Department of English Language and Culture, LUCL, Leiden University

Citation Information: Laboratory Phonology. Volume 3, Issue 2, Pages 273–297, ISSN (Online) 1868-6354, ISSN (Print) 1868-6346, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lp-2012-0015, November 2012

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This paper addresses the claim that Dutch /l/ triggers laxing of preceding tense mid vowels (/e ø o/), and that this leads to a phonetic length contrast between tense and lax vowels, e.g., tense speel [spɪːɫ] ‘play’ vs. lax spil [spɪɫ] ‘pivot’. The production experiment reported in this paper shows that this claim is incorrect. We find instead that /l/ triggers retraction of both tense and lax mid vowels, which leads neither to complete neutralization of quality nor to complete neutralization of length.

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