The High Short Vowels in the Šakiai Dialect
Rima Bacevičiūtė
Published 2004-12-01

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Bacevičiūtė R. (2004) “The High Short Vowels in the Šakiai Dialect”, Kalbotyra, 52(1), pp. 5–18. Available at: (Accessed: 26October2021).


The article examines some of the vocalism features of the dialect Šakiai West-Aukštaitian dialect (the region of Kaunas). The quality, features of usage of the short vowels [i], [u] were subjected to experimental analysis. The phonological interpretation is the following:

1. Vowels of two kinds of quality were determined in the dialect: more open [i̲], [u̲] and more closed [i], [u].

2. In word-internal position, the vowels [i̲] and [i], [u̲] and [u] are in clear complementary distribution, and they function as the allophones of the same phonemes.

3. In word-final position, an unsystematic phonological contrast between these vowels may sometimes be observed, so they should be viewed as separate phonemes.

4. The first components of acute diphthongs [i], [u] are mostly half-long and very open in the dialect.

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