By Maike Prehn
The target of this phonological research is to set up no matter if the first prosodic function in Low German dialects is tone, volume, or anything else totally. All in all, we discover that Low German employs a mix of vowel caliber and vowel volume, which contains sensible load. it's a binary phonological procedure accounting for the ternary vowel period present in Low German. I indicate a vital contrast among fortis vs. lenis consonants through laryngeal specification vs. underspecification and, for that reason, structural complexity of the segments. it really is this complexity competition within the coda consonants, which has a profound influence at the vowel length of a previous nucleus. We arrive at a phonological floor competition of monomoraic vs. bimoraic and lax vs. annoying within the vowel approach, and of laryngeally targeted vs. unspecified within the consonant procedure. Underlyingly, no volume distinction exists in Low German, all vowels being easily monomoraic. What continues to be is caliber. With the information and analyses awarded during this thesis, Low German falls within the class of languages that includes 3 phonetic levels of vowel size that may be traced again to a binary distinction on the floor point. No ternary volume method is needed.