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dc.contributor.advisorRice, Curt
dc.contributor.authorJurgec, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-15T06:44:05Z
dc.date.available2011-06-15T06:44:05Z
dc.date.issued2011-01-13
dc.description.abstractThis thesis presents a phonological theory of assimilation as feature spreading. The main contribution is the idea that association lines between a feature and a root node are of different kinds, which is formalized in terms of maximally binary, headed and recursive feature domains. According to this approach, all targets can be associated with a spreading feature, but only some can be heads of a feature. When a particular target cannot be a head, it terminates spreading. Such patterns are attested. The representational differences between different kinds of segments are referred to by OT constraints. An advantage of the proposal is that it requires only six well-established constraint families, but their definitions are significantly modified. Feature spreading is driven solely by categorical alignment constraints penalize triplets of a spreading feature, a targeted structure and a domain. Faithfulness constraints, agreement constraints and constraints on heads all inhibit spreading rather than promote it. This framework allows for a unified analysis of vowel, nasal, consonant harmonies, local consonant assimilation, vowel-consonant interactions, and tonal spreading.en
dc.description.doctoraltypeph.d.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Tromsøen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10037/3400
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:no-uit_munin_3122
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherUniversitetet i Tromsøen
dc.publisherUniversity of Tromsøen
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccess
dc.subject.courseIDDOKTOR-001nor
dc.subjectVDP::Humanities: 000::Linguistics: 010en
dc.subjectVDP::Humaniora: 000::Språkvitenskapelige fag: 010en
dc.titleFeature spreading 2.0 : a unified theory of assimilationen
dc.typeDoctoral thesisen
dc.typeDoktorgradsavhandlingen


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