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Academic Paper

Title: Vocalic Labialization in Baghdadi Arabic: Representation and Computation
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Author: Islam Youssef
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Institution: University of South-Eastern Norway
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian
Abstract: This paper concentrates on morphological categories in Baghdadi Arabic where the appearance of a short high vowel [u] or [i] is predictable, i.e. a process of vocalic labialization. The process is contingent upon the presence of an underlying /i/ or an unspecified (e.g. epenthetic) vowel, and it is triggered either by one labial-velar glide or by the collective influence of neighboring labial and emphatic/velar/uvular consonants. The consequence is that surface [u] in this language is analyzed as having both [labial] and [dorsal] features under a vocalic node. This treatment raises a number of theoretical questions regarding cross-category C-to-V assimilation effects and locality in spreading. I provide detailed and closely-intertwined representational and computational accounts of the pattern that address these important theoretical issues.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Lingua 160: 74–90
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