AuthorOlson, Daniel Rodney
AdvisorOhala, Diane K.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis study examines vowel epenthesis in Welsh/English bilingual children. Of specific concern are marked word-final Sonority Sequencing Principle (SSP) violations repaired by vowel epenthesis (Hannahs 2009). This epenthesized vowel is typologically recognized (Morris-Jones 1913; Lewis and Pederson 1937) as a copy vowel. This study tests the hypothesis that this vowel is a copy of the root vowel. Welsh/English bilingual children with a mean age of 6;5 were given an elicitation task with the purpose of eliciting words containing an epenthesized vowel in their coda. F1, F2, and F3 of both the root vowel and the epenthetic vowel were recorded. A linear mixed-effect regression analysis was conducted to test if the formants of the root vowels were predictive of the formants of the epenthetic vowels. Results showed that the formants of the root vowels had no significant effects on the formants of the epenthetic vowels. The copy vowel hypothesis is, then, unsupported.
Degree ProgramHonors College