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Title:Correspondence and Compositionality: The Ga-gyo Variation in Japanese Phonology
Authors:Junko Ito, Armin Mester
Abstract:This paper (to appear in Roca, Iggy (ed.) Derivations and

Constraints in Phonology, Oxford Univ. Press) explores the theoretical

consequences of surface-to-surface correspondence constraints in

Optimality Theory, in comparison to a derivational approach

employing sequential derivational mechanisms like cyclicity and

ordered default rules. The empirical object of investigation are

the facts of the g-N(angma) alternation and variation in Tokyo

Japanese. The central argument of the paper is that the OT

analysis is better equipped to handle the facts of the

alternation, which are truly intricate and interesting, since an

(at first glance) simple process of allophony is complicated by

subpatterns of optionality vs. obligatoriness, governed by

factors such as the presence vs. absence of related words and the

influence of Rendaku voicing.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1