Studies in Honour of Piotr Ruszkiewicz
Vocalic Double Agents in the Phonological System of South Welsh: Anita Buczek-Zawiła
Vocalic Double Agents in the Phonological System of South Welsh1
Pedagogical University of Cracow
The considerations in this paper arose as a side-effect of a closer investigation into the vocalic and prosodic system of Welsh,2 but have been inspired by the idea expressed in Gussmann (2001, 2002) that certain phonetic segments may lead (phonological) double lives and have “double identity”. The concept of the ‘double agent’ that he introduces refers to cases where different phonological representations are articulated and perceived (which reads: manifested) as the same physical or phonetic object, and this results in a kind of phonological double identity of those “misbehaving” segments. Consequently, there is nothing in the phonetic configuration of the segment(s) itself which would disclose the phonological difference and status. This phonological difference, however, is evident from the regular different patterning these segments assume, both in regular phonological as well as morphological contexts. Needless to say, different phonological representations of a segment can only be defined within the phonology of a given language (Gussmann 2001: 230).