Response to Berkson, Davis, & Strickler, ‘What does incipient /ay/-raising look like?’

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Berkson, Davis, and Strickler (2017) provide an invaluable report on incipient /ay/-raising in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their data suggest that /ay/-raising conditioned strictly by phonetic voice-lessness is a possible early stage in the development of /ay/-raising. This raises a particularly vexing question of why /ay/-raising has gone on to be conditioned by phonological voicing in all North American varieties for which its interaction with /t, d/ flapping has been examined. It suggests that the process of phonologization reorganizes the distribution of phonetic variants, rather than simply discretizing phonetic precursors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e192-e197
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2017

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  • Canadian raising
  • Flapping
  • Incipient sound change
  • Metrical foot
  • Phonologization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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