The phonological status of Dutch epenthetic schwa
Warner, N., Jongman, A., Cutler, A., & Mücke, D.
The phonological status of Dutch epenthetic schwa. Phonology, 18
, 387-420. doi:10.1017/S0952675701004213.
In this paper, we use articulatory measures to determine whether Dutch schwa epenthesis is an abstract phonological process or a concrete phonetic process depending on articulatory timing. We examine tongue position during /l/ before underlying schwa and epenthetic schwa and in coda position. We find greater tip raising before both types of schwa, indicating light /l/ before schwa and dark /l/ in coda position. We argue that the ability of epenthetic schwa to condition the /l/ alternation shows that Dutch schwa epenthesis is an abstract phonological process involving insertion of some unit, and cannot be accounted for within Articulatory Phonology.