The pronunciation of hj- in Modern Faroese

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Faroese dispalys two different pronunciations of hj- in anlaut: [j] before the voiceless approximates [l̥] and [r̥] as in hjálpa ‘to help’, hjarta ‘heart’; [tʃ] elsewhere as in hjá ‘by, with’. This development from Old Norse [hj] comes via the intermediate stage [j̥], which later undergoes dissimilation of voice to [j] before voiceless approximates. A parallel development occurs in the Norn language of Orkney and Shetland, providing further evidence for a Faroese-Norn subgrouping of Insular Norse.
TidsskriftArkiv foer Nordisk Filologi
Sider (fra-til)233-244
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 2014

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