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Title:Sonority Driven Reduction
Authors:Katherine Crosswhite
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Abstract:In this paper, I present an analysis for a class of sonority-
decreasing vowel reduction phenomena. I present empirical
evidence showing that in such systems, the 'desirability' of an
unstressed vowel is predicted by its sonority: high sonority
unstressed vowels like [a] are considered worse than medium
sonority unstressed vowels (like [e]). I present an OT analysis using
prominence-alignment constraints similar to those employed by
Kenstowicz (1994) for sonority-driven stress.
Type:Paper/tech report
Area/Keywords:Phonology
Article:Version 1