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A Study On Different Direction of Obstruent Voicing Assimilation

  • 인문논총
  • 2014, 33(), pp.29-46
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : February 28, 2014

Chung, Chin Wan 1

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ABSTRACT

This study focuses on obstruent voicing assimilation and its two major directional differences inlanguages. We provide a constraint-based account of such obstruent voicing assimilation, which is differentfrom a rule-based analysis in that a rule-based account cannot provide a proper motivation of obstruent voicingassimilation and its two different directions of the process. On the other hand, a constraint-based account canprovide a natural explanation for obstruent voicing assimilation. This is because the assimilation process is triggeredby the Agree constraint, which requires the identical voice feature specification of two adjacent obstruentsin the output. The leftward assimilation is ascribed to the asymmetrical realization of an obstruent appearingin the different sub-syllabic positions such as onset and coda. Thus, ranking Ident-Onset (voice) over Ident-Coda (voice) can account for regressive assimilation. The opposite direction of assimilation such as progressiveassimilation is due to the following ranking: Ident-Root (voice) Ident-Affix(voice). The analysis provided inthis study is superior to any rule-based accounts since the former is substantially grounded in some asymmetricalphonological and morphological concepts.

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