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Title: Parameters of Consonantal Assimilation
Written By: Young-mee Yu Cho
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 15
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Parameters of Consonantal Assimilation
Young-mee Yu Cho
Rutgers University

The goal of this book is to develop a parametric theory of consonantal assimilation, one of the most well-attested processes in phonology and one which has been described extensively enough to construct a theory of some predictive power. The emphasis lies in constructing a parametric theory in which all and only the possible types of assimilations can be obtained through very simple combinations of the possible settings of the following six parameters: (1) Site of Spreading, (2) Specification on Target and/or Trigger, (3) Locality Conditions, (4) Relative Ordering between Spreading and Redundancy Rules, (5) Directionality, and (6) Domain of Spreading. The study is based on detailed analyses of the assimilation phenomena of Korean, Japanese and Sanskrit, among other languages. Building on the theoretical assumptions made by Autosegmental Phonology, Feature Geometry, Underspecification, and Lexical Phonology, all the parameters involved in local and unbounded assimilation are identified. In addition, certain universal tendencies regarding consonantal assimilation find natural explanation in the present framework.

Contents:
1 INTRODUCTION
2 THEORETICAL ASSUMPTIONS
2.1 AUTOSEGMENTAL PHONOLOGY
2.1.1 Assimilation as Spreading
2.1.2 Factorization of Feature-Changing Rules
2.2 FEATURE GEOMETRY
2.3 RADICAL UNDERSPECIFICATION
2.3.1 Coalescence
2.3.2 Edge-Neutralization
2.3.3 Assimilation
2.3.4 Absence of Place Nodes
2.4 STRUCTURE PRESERVATION
2.5 LOCALITY CONSTRAINTS ON RULES
2.6 SUMMARY
3 PARAMETERS OF ASSIMILATION
3.1 INTRODUCTION
3.2 JAPANESE ASSIMILATION
3.3 SANSKRIT CONSONANTAL SANDHI (to be continued in our webshop: www.lincom.at)

ISBN 3 89586 607 5. LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 15. 266pp. EUR 63.10. (2nd printing)

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Phonology
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ISBN: 3895866075
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Pages: 266
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