Phonetic evidence for the development of the “acute” tone in Slavic
Greenberg, Marc L.
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The paper attempts to give a phonetic reconstruction of the processes surrounding the loss of the glottal stop as the reflex of the inherited Proto-Slavic acute. With support from typological evidence and phonetic analysis, it is claimed that the variation in modern Slavic reflexes of the acute results from differing outcomes of the disappearance of the glottal stop: metathesis, straightforward loss, and laryngealization.
Appeared in Tones and Theories: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Balto-Slavic Accentology (pp. 75-87), ed. Mate Kapović and Ranko Matasović. Zagreb: Institut za hrvatski jezik i jezikoslovlje, 2007. ISBN 978-953-6637-36-2. Please refer to the published version for quoting