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Is there a phonological process that involves devoicing a final obstruent in Albanian?

asked 2016-04-06 15:52:43 -0400

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I am doing a project where we analyze a consultant's speech. My consultant speaks Tosk, Albanian and seems to devoice obstruents when they are at the end of English words. Do obstruents even occur at the end of Albanian words? Or is there a process that is the reason behind this analysis.


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answered 2016-06-06 15:58:58 -0400

Yes there are words ending in obstruents in Albanian. There is a tendency to devoice obstruents in Tosk Albanian as well as Eastern Geg Albanian.

larg (far) - lark vend (place) - vent rob (human) - rop

The devoicing of obstruents seems to be "an accident waiting to happen". It is observable in German and Russian as well, as far as I know.

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