Phondi: Andries Coetzee on Afrikaans obstruent voicing and sound change


By Andries W. Coetzee
Oct 20, 2012 Bookmark and Share

Andries W. Coetzee

Andries W. Coetzee

Andries Coetzee will present in Phondi this Friday (October 26, 1 pm, Lorch 473) on a new project about his native language, Afrikaans. This will also be a practice run for a colloquium that he will give about this topic later in November.

The title of his presentation is "On the origin of voicing co-occurrence restrictions: The case of Afrikaans". In this presentation, he documents a new voicing co-occurrence restriction in Afrikaans, relying on lexical evidence, wug-tests, and data from non-standard minority varieties of Afrikaans. By carefully tracing the development of Afrikaans from Dutch, he shows that the Afrikaans restriction did not arise via either a listener-oriented perceptual route a la Ohala, nor via a speaker-oriented articulatory route. The Afrikaans restriction is, rather, an accidental side-effect of a series of independent sound changes that applied in the development from Dutch to Afrikaans. More information, including a full abstract, is available here.