Feature geometry meets contrastive specification

Incomplete neutralization reloaded

May 24, 2010

18th Manchester Phonology Meeting, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

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Categories:  Breton Romance Substance-free phonology Laryngeal phonology Feature theory

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I propose an analysis of the interaction between vowel lengthening before voiced obstruents and final devoicing in two languages: Friulian and Breton. I argue that such interactions are transparent and involve a three-way laryngeal contrast formalized geometrically, with true voiceless obstruents the most structurally complex and devoiced ones least. The Friulian analysis was later published here and the Breton was largely incorporated into the thesis.

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I’m Pavel Iosad, and I’m a Senior Lecturer in the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. ¶ You can always go to the start page to learn more.



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