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Continuity or Discontinuity – the Case of Macedonian Phonetics

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ID: <oai:bibliotekanauki.pl:508928>·DOI: <10.11649/ch.2012.007>

Abstract

Continuity or Discontinuity – the Case of Macedonian PhoneticsThe article presents its principal topic of the continuity of linguistic phenomena based on the material of Macedonian phonetics, treated as a constituent of south-east European phonetics, and not as an element of the Slavic world. It provides, firstly, a static perspective, produced by enumerating typologically relevant features. Viewed from this perspective, Macedonian phonetics is a component of the Central Balkanic area. Secondly, emphasis has been put on processes of phonetic convergence and their differences from those of grammatical convergence. This difference account for the instability of phonetic features, or in any case their generally lesser stability compared to morphosyntactic features, but on the hand other also for the possibility for some phenomena to survive in small areas, in a few dialects, and the possibility for linguistic features to reappear, which STEMs from alternating cross-dialectal interference. The Macedonian language territory abounds in such situations due to its multi-ethnicity, which is greater here than anywhere else in the Balkans. Particular in this respect is the area of Aegean Macedonia, where Slavic dialects are ‘protected’ from the influence of the literary norm – taken into account in the case of Macedonian even the realisation of the literary norm is not entirely stable in terms of phonetics. Continuity or lack of continuity – Casus Macedonian phoneticsA key topic on the continuity of phenomena has been presented on the material of Macedonian phonetics. Macedonian phonetics have been considered as a component of the phonetics of south-eastern Europe and not as part of the Slavic world. Firstly, the static picture resulting from the calculation of the relevant typological characteristics is presented. This image classifies the Macedonian phonetic as a component of the central Balkan area. Secondly, emphasis was placed on the conduct of converging processes in terms of phonetics and differences with such grammatical processes. They show that: the unstableness of the aural characteristics and, in any event, the less longevity of the aural characteristics than the morpho-store, but also the ability to survive certain phenomena in small areas, in a pair of greaves, the possibility of reoccurring aural characteristics, as a result of alternating interdialexal interference. The territory of the Macedonian language is abundant in such situations due to greater multi-ethnicity than anywhere else in the Balkans. Particular in this respect is the area of Aegean Macedonia, where Slavic dialects are ‘protected’ against the action of a literary standard. Although in the case of Macedonian, even the implementation of a literary standard is not entirely stable from a phonetic point of view.

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