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Hommage an Georg Heike


Edited By Ulrike Groß and Michael Thiergart

Diese Festschrift ist als Hommage an Georg Heike von zweien seiner Schüler entstanden. Im Zentrum von Heikes Schaffen standen Wissenschaft und Kunst, Sprache und Musik: Georg Heike hat Schallforschung immer fachübergreifend gesehen und betrieben. Während er das Institut für Phonetik der Universität zu Köln leitete, standen die Türen Wissenschaftlern und Künstlern gleichermaßen offen. Diese Offenheit soll dieser Band widerspiegeln, in dem Kompositionen und wissenschaftliche Texte nebeneinander stehen.


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Göran Hammarström, Glen Waverley: Memories and thoughts of a phonetician


97 Memories and thoughts of a phonetician Göran Hammarström, Glen Waverley (Australien) Why did I become a phonetician? When I was twelve years of age, my family moved from a southern to a northern Swedish city. The words were the same in the new city but the pronunciation was different and people had difficulty under- standing me. This probably contributed to the beginnings of my interest in speech sounds. In my school in the 1930s I studied the three foreign languages German, English and French. I thought the pronunciation was a challenge. I could hear the three languages on the radio and I tried to imitate what I heard while I still had the sounds in my ear. In 1940 I chose French in my first year at the University of Uppsala. An im- portant part of the study was French phonetics. Using the sound laws and all the exceptions I learnt to develop any Latin word into old French with its dialects and then into modern French. I could also go the other way changing a modern French word so that it became a Latin word. The study was based on the com- prehensive Phonétique française by Edouard Bourciez. At this time of historical study of languages nobody, including myself, recognised that the title on the cover of the book and the name of the course were misnomers. At that time it was self-evident that the academic study of the phonetics of a language was...

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