De reductievocaal in zeventiende- en achttiende-eeuwse sailing letters - Onzichtbare spelling, dubbele spelling en palatale uitspraak | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171


In this article, we examine two ways of spelling the reduced vowel in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century letters and their possible link with its palatal pronunciation proposed by Caron. Contrary to claims made by Gaspar (2007), we show that the so-called invisible spelling should not always be straightforwardly interpreted as a reflection of a palatal sound. In the case of the double spelling an analysis of our sailing letters corpus leads to a hypothesis about the regional distribution of this phenomenon and reveals a possible connection with the German or Scandinavian background of particular scribes.


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