Russian palatalization

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January 27, 2010

Old World Conference in Phonology 7, University of Nice, Nice, France

Categories:  Russian Substance-free phonology Feature theory Phonetics-phonology interface

(with Bruce Morén-Duolljá)

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In this talk we argue that the traditional view of vowel-driven palatalization in Russian is inadequate, at least for two reasons. First, it relies on a six-vowel interpretation of the Russian inventory that is not adequate from a phonetic perspective. Second, and more importantly, it undergenerates the range of alternations found in Modern Standard Russian. Instead, we argue that palatalization must be driven by a floating feature attached to the left edge of suffixes.

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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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