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Has Estonian Quantity System Changed in a Century? Comparison of Historical and Contemporary Data

  title={Has Estonian Quantity System Changed in a Century? Comparison of Historical and Contemporary Data},
  author={P{\"a}rtel Lippus and Jaan Ross},
This paper observes the temporal and tonal characteristics of the Estonian three-way quantity system in recordings from the Berlin archives made in 1916-1918 and compares them to the contemporary speech data. The three-way opposition of segmental duration was more pronounced in the historical data, as the additional pitch cues were less contrastive. In the contemporary data, there seems to be more tradeoff between the temporal structure and the pitch contrast in the opposition of long and… 

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