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The pronunciation of -ig in three varieties of Austria

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Abstract

The codification of the pronunciation of <i>-ig </i>is arguably the most overtly prescriptive convention of Standard German. In this contribution, the pronunciation of <i>-ig</i> is investigated in Standard Austrian German (SAG) as spoken in Vienna and in the Viennese dialect (VD). SAG speakers predominantly make use of the stop pronunciation. To some extent, VD speakers also apply the fricative pronunciation in word-final position. The results for SAG and VD speakers are compared with the pronunciation of <i>-ig</i> as produced by news anchors, who are often regarded as model speakers, and thus as representatives of a standard language. News anchors use the fricative pronunciation more frequently, especially in the word-final position of numerals. Since the pronunciation habits of news anchors deviate considerably from the usage of SAG speakers, a codification based on the speech of news anchors would go counter to the general usage in Austria.

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