Ceske Budejovice11




Assimilation

Peter Jurgec

This course examines a very common cross-linguistic phenomenon - assimilation. Two main questions are addressed. How can assimilation patterns differ from one another? Is it possible
to come up with a unified analysis of all assimilation patterns? As a starting point, we focus on four types of assimilation, and show the extent of cross-linguistic variation for each of them. This empirical survey motivates the analysis, which should be able to capture the attested patterns and exclude the unattested ones. The analysis is based on two well-established phonological theories: Autosegmental Phonology and Optimality Theory.

Handouts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Reading
Archangeli, Diana and Douglas Pulleyblank (2007). Harmony. In Paul de Lacy (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Phonology. Cambridge University Press, pp. 353{377. ISBN{10:0521848792.
Kirchner, Robert (1993). Turkish vowel harmony and disharmony: An Optimality Theoretic account. Ms. University of Alberta. Available on Rutgers Optimality Archive, ROA 4, http://roa.rutgers.edu.


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