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Assimilation, antigemination, and contingent optionality: the phonology of monoconsonantal proclitics in Polish
Natural Language and Linguistic Theory (2010)
  • Bożena Pająk, University of California, San Diego
  • Eric Baković, University of California, San Diego
Abstract
Baković (2005) analyzes the avoidance of 'sufficiently similar' adjacent consonants as the interaction of independent antigemination and assimilation processes. We present evidence from the phonology of monoconsonantal proclitics in Polish in support of the primary consequence of this analysis, that any conditions on antigemination or assimilation will also be conditions on 'sufficient similarity' avoidance. These conditions concern the segmental contexts in which geminates are disallowed in Polish and the variability of one of the assimilation processes involved. The analysis is further corroborated by the coincidence of two changes in progress: as the rate of variable assimilation has gone down, so has the rate of 'sufficient similarity' avoidance.
Publication Date
August 14, 2010
Publisher Statement
http://roa.rutgers.edu/files/1034-0609/1034-0609-0-0.PDF
Citation Information
Bożena Pająk and Eric Baković. "Assimilation, antigemination, and contingent optionality: the phonology of monoconsonantal proclitics in Polish" Natural Language and Linguistic Theory Vol. 28 Iss. 3 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ebakovic/22/