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LINGUIST List 17.2198

Mon Jul 31 2006

Qs: Spreading of Laryngeal Node

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        1.    Duncan Sillitoe, Spreading of Laryngeal Node

Message 1: Spreading of Laryngeal Node
Date: 28-Jul-2006
From: Duncan Sillitoe <duncannowhere78.freeserve.co.uk>
Subject: Spreading of Laryngeal Node

Do you know of any processes where [constricted] or [spread] glottis spread
at the same time as [voice]?

The only cases I can find reference to (which are repeated
again and again) are Sanskrit and Ancient Greek. The pronunciation of
consonant clusters in these languages has been (and still is) the subject
of heated philological debate and the analyses given by Kenstowicz and
Lombardi are limited to a very small number of words ie. missing all the

Kehrein proposes Oromo as a language which spreads [voice] and
[constricted], but his source makes it quite clear that there are more
exceptions and complications to the process than words satisfying the rule.

Given that the Laryngeal Node which dominates these features is meant to be
a fixture of universal grammar, shouldn't there be more, and preferably
more clear, examples of this process?

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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