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Title: Positional Faithfulness: An Optimality Theoretic Treatment of Phonological Asymmetries
Written By: Jill N. Beckman

In many of the world's languages, segments which appear in perceptually of psycholinguistically prominent positions such as initial syllables, stressed syllables, and syllable onsets exhibit privileged phonological behavior. This privileged behavior is manifested three ways: triggering of phological processes, blocking of phonological processes, and licensing of phonological contrasts not found in other positions. This book examines these diverse segmental asymmetries, using Optimality Theory, a constraint-based approach to generative grammar, as an analytic tool. The central claim of the study is that the phonological asymmetries associated with prominence derive from high-ranking

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Garland Publishers
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Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 081533348X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 320pp
Prices: $69