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Re: Allophone Problem

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Monday, June 11, 2007, 13:22

Philip Newton  writes:
>... > The short vowels have, to my knowledge, completely merged in standard > German, and I haven't heard of people who keep e.g. "Sätze" and > "setze" apart in the vowel sound.
I principally agree, but know an exception. A friend of mine keeps them apart. But his 'primary L1' is not High German but a dialect (Palatinian) and he learned High German mainly by reading books. Well, I assume that still you'd consider him an L1 speaker of High German, because exposure to High German did start at age 0, quite inevitably in Germany. But Standard High German may be a standard that virtually no-one speaks consistently anyway. Maybe it is a conlang. :-) (Maybe a bit like Italian, if I understand the situation correctly.) Nevertheless, most people speak something very, very close to Standard High German. **Henrik