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Title:An Ordering Paradox as Constraint Interaction: Alternation of n and l in Korean
Authors:Yongnam Um
Comment:To appear in Studies in Phonetics, Phonology and Morphology 9.1 (2003/6) (The Phonology-Morphology Circle of Korea), SIL Doulos IPA 93
Abstract:In this paper, I deal with the cases in which, when n and l abut, one is totally assimilated to the other. In general, the coronal n becomes l when it is preceded or followed by l. However, there are cases in which l becomes n when it is preceded by n. Thus, from a rule-based perspective it appears that two rules apply intrinsically in a mutually bleeding order, that is, in a reverse order in different environments. This difference depends on the prosodic word boundary across which the sequence arises. To account for this apparent paradox, I propose an Optimality-Theoretic analysis, which relies on stratum-specific faithfulness and position-specific faithfulness.
Type:Paper/tech report
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