The [ATR]/laryngeal connection and emergent features

April 5, 2014

GLOW Workshop on Phonological Specification and Interface Interpretation, KU Leuven HUBrussel, Brussels, Belgium

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Categories:  Welsh Feature theory Historical phonology Phonetics-phonology interface Substance-free phonology

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I offer a preliminary analysis of the phenomenon of calediad (‘provection’) in South-Eastern Welsh, whereby ‘voiced’ (lenis) stops become ‘voiceless’ after a stressed vowel. I argue that since vowels before lenis stops are generally long — and, given the phonology of South Welsh — tense, provection is an example of vowel-consonant interaction, where the same feature is used for the tense/lax contrast in vowels and laryngeal contrast in consonants. I interpret this as supporting emergent feature theory.



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