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Query Details


Query Subject:   the link between [+hi] vowels & dorsal consonants
Author:   Dave Eberhard
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics
Phonology

Query:   This question has to do with the spreading of place features from
vowels to consonants. The Mamainde language has a spreading process
where the high front vowel spreads [+hi] to the coda, creating a
Dorsal, or velar, or [+hi] place of articulation in the consonant. The
output is not a palatal consonant but a true velar. This is hard to
explain via Clement's Unified Feature Theory, or any other articulator
theory for that matter since [hi] is not available as a feature for
consonants (they allow Open at the Aperture node but this applies only
to vowels).

Has anyone done or seen any research which shows high vowels spreading
the hi feature to consonants and creating dorsals (or velars)?

please respond to:
dave-julie.eberhard@sil.org

Subject-Language: Mamainde; Code: MBG
LL Issue: 13.3174
Date posted: 03-Dec-2002



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