Quantity in Livonian: Preliminary Results; 29-44Full article in PDF format
The paper describes work done up to now with Livonian, the southernmost Finnic language. The study proceeds within the framework of the Finno-Ugric Prosody Project: a set of test sentences is recorded by a number of native speakers, an acoustic-phonetic analysis is carried through of the recordings, the measurements are subjected to statistical treatment, and the results are analyzed from the point of view of their role in the manifestation of Livonian prosodic structure. The paper deals primarily with the role of quantity and its phonetic manifestation. Foot isochrony is attested and an areal background of the results is discussed.
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