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Not as you R: Adapting the French rhotic into Berber

Authors
  • Lahrouchi, Mohamed
Publication Date
Jul 23, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.874
OAI: oai:HAL:halshs-02906144v1
Source
HAL
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Language
English
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Abstract

This article examines the adaptation of the French rhotic in Berber. In loanwords borrowed from French, the uvular fricative is systematically interpreted as a coronal tap, despite the fact that Berber has phonemic /ʁ/ and /χ/. It is argued that this phenomenon is determined by phonological rather than phonetic factors. It is shown that Tashlhiyt Berber speakers, including monolinguals, are able to identify the French r as a sonorant, based on their native phonology, where many co-occurrence restrictions are analyzed in terms of sonority-sensitive dependency relations between the most sonorous segment and its neighboring segments.

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