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Title:Labial Unmarkedness in Sri Lankan Portuguese Creole
Authors:Elizabeth Hume, Georgios Tserdanelis
Abstract:In this squib we introduce new language data into the debate concerning the markedness of place of articulation. The
data concerns a process of assimilation in Sri Lankan
Portuguese Creole where coronal patterns as more marked than
both labial and dorsal. The pattern is of particular
significance since it provides a clear example of a language in which labial patterns as unmarked, thus leading us to the
conclusion that labial, in addition to (at least) coronal
and dorsal, must also be included in the set of possible unmarked places of articulation. Implications of the SLPC
pattern for structure- and constraint-based accounts of
markedness are discussed.
Type:Paper/tech report
Article:Version 1