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Pröll, Simon and Kleiner, Stefan (2016): Silbengrenzen im Gebrauchsstandard. Empirie, Theorie und Typologie. In: Deutsche Sprache, Vol. 44, No. 3: pp. 193-213

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The following article uses data from ten lexemes, each read by several hundred speakers, to assess the way in which syllable boundaries featuring a possible hiatus are realized in spoken Standard German. Both a regional and a sociolinguistic viewpoint are taken. We argue for a connection between our findings and the genesis of New High German with the interference of a Low German substratum. In addition, we outline the consequences for the hypothesis that German underwent a typological change from a syllable to a word language.

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