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Title:Samoan root phonotactics: Digging deeper into the data
Authors:John Alderete
Comment:To appear in Linguistic Discovery. To obtain the data supplement containing 1871 Samoan roots, go to: www.sfu.ca/~alderete, then to Datasets
Length:19 pgs
Abstract:This article gives a detailed quantitative account of Samoan root phonotactics. In particular, count data is given in eleven tables of segment frequencies (i.e., consonants, short and long vowels, diphthongs) and frequencies of combinations of segments (i.e., syllable types, consonant-vowel combinations, V-V and C-C combinations across syllables). Systematic patterns of over- and under-representation of these structures in the lexicon are documented and related to prior research. Beyond the detailed frequency facts presented here, new empirical patterns documented include positional preferences for bilabials and non-labial sonorants, extensions of a known pattern of gradient vowel assimilation, and identification of a role for manner and segment order in consonant co-occurrence restrictions.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Samoan, phonology, phonotactics, gradience, dissimilation, assimilation, frequency
Article:Version 1