LINGUIST List 17.3198
Wed Nov 01 2006
Qs: Identicalness Required within the Rhyme
Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows
Identicalness Required within the Rhyme
Message 1: Identicalness Required within the Rhyme
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, evenwhen feature sharing with the following onset would be expected. Nasalcodas also share the oral/nasal feature of the nucleus, (often producingoral/nasal contour segments, or pre-oralized nasals)
This raises the slight possibility that these various and seeminglyindependent instances of feature sharing between nucleus and coda might belinked 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 inother languages? Is anyone familiar with any languages where anassimilation rule MUST reference the rhyme (not just the syllable or VCadjacency)?
I am particularly interested in any possible markedness constraint, orother broad phonological motivation, which pertains specifically to therhyme - holding between the nucleus and the coda, requiring them to beidentical in certain ways or share certain features in the output.
A summary of responses will be posted.
regards,Dave EberhardS.I.L. field linguistBrazil