Phonetics and phonology

Robert McColl Millar

in Northern and Insular Scots

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623167
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651528 | DOI:
Phonetics and phonology

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This chapter discusses the phonological variation in the area covering the vowel systems, consonant phonology and prosody. It shows that the Scots dialects of northern Scotland and the Northern Isles exhibit considerable variation in pronunciation both between themselves and in relation to the patterns found for Central Scots. Yet this distinctiveness masks an underlying similarity: these dialects represent more conservative patterns which are associated with a greater range of words than would be the case in less traditional dialects.

Keywords: phonological variations; vowel systems; consonant phonology; prosody; Scots dialects; northern Scotland; Northern Isles

Chapter.  13896 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics

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