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"Dim Sôn am Dduw na Dyn": Ar Drywydd yr 'U Ogleddol' yng Nghanolbarth Cymru

Rees, Iwan Wyn. 2016. "Dim Sôn am Dduw na Dyn": Ar Drywydd yr 'U Ogleddol' yng Nghanolbarth Cymru. Gwerddon (22) , pp. 47-74.

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The high central vowel, or the ‘northern u’ as it is informally called, is well known to be a characteristic feature of northern Welsh. Generally in north Wales, a clear contrast is heard between pairs such as ‘tŷ’ / ‘ti’ and ‘sur’ / ‘sir’. Conversely, since this contrast is neutralised in the south, these words are homophones, and are always pronounced with the high front vowel ‘i’. The main aim of this study therefore is to analyse quantitatively the way in which this contrast between ‘northern u’ and ‘southern i’ is lost in parts of mid-Wales. Consequently, the results will show the complex patterns of variation that arise in one particular ‘transition zone’, namely the Tywyn district, and demonstrate how speakers’ use of the high central vowel in this area is conditioned to a considerable extent by specific linguistic factors. Finally, this article will postulate that the interchange between the high front and the high central vowels is also related to variation in the length of diphthongs, and the implications of this theory will be probed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional dialects, dialectology, phonology, variation, phonological variation, linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic change, Welsh
Language other than English: Welsh
Publisher: Acedemaidd Cymraeg
ISSN: 1741-4261
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 June 2017
Date of Acceptance: 29 March 2016
Last Modified: 13 May 2019 13:58

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