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LINGUIST List 17.3198

Wed Nov 01 2006

Qs: Identicalness Required within the Rhyme

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        1.    Dave Eberhard, Identicalness Required within the Rhyme

Message 1: Identicalness Required within the Rhyme
Date: 30-Oct-2006
From: Dave Eberhard <dmeberhardhotmail.com>
Subject: Identicalness Required within the Rhyme

In Mamainde, a Northern Nambiquara language of Brazil, a coronal (or
‘default’) coda will always get its place features from the nucleus, even
when feature sharing with the following onset would be expected. Nasal
codas also share the oral/nasal feature of the nucleus, (often producing
oral/nasal contour segments, or pre-oralized nasals)

This raises the slight possibility that these various and seemingly
independent instances of feature sharing between nucleus and coda might be
linked by the effects of a broader tendency for identicalness within the Rhyme

I am curious as to whether such a tendency has ever been documented in
other languages? Is anyone familiar with any languages where an
assimilation rule MUST reference the rhyme (not just the syllable or VC

I am particularly interested in any possible markedness constraint, or
other broad phonological motivation, which pertains specifically to the
rhyme - holding between the nucleus and the coda, requiring them to be
identical in certain ways or share certain features in the output.

A summary of responses will be posted.

Dave Eberhard
S.I.L. field linguist

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology

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