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Query Subject:   Consonant clusters and voice
Author:   Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics
Phonology

Query:   Dear linguist fellows,

I am currently working on certain aspects of phonotactics. I have a question on the distribution of the [voice] feature in consonant clusters.

There are languages where any combination of both values of the feature [voice] is possible: they show pt, bd, bt and pd. (This is a simple shorthand for voice/voicelessness combination; place considerations are irrelevant here.)

There are also languages that allow harmonic clusters only (pt and bd – e.g., Classical Greek, Polish, Kartvelian ‘core clusters’).

My question is: do you know of cases where non harmonic clusters are possible if, and only if, the voiced consonant is in second position, that is pt, bd and pd are allowed, but not *bt?

Many thanks in advance for your help.
LL Issue: 24.4865
Date posted: 02-Dec-2013



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