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Title:Consonant co-occurrence restrictions in Yamato Japanese
Authors:Shigeto Kawahara, Hajime Ono, Kiyoshi Sudo
Comment:Japanese/Korean Linguistics 14: 27-38
Abstract:In many languages there is a tendency for similar consonants, especially those that share place features, not to co-occur within a certain morphological domain (e.g. stem). This paper shows that the same tendency is observed in the native (Yamato) vocabulary of Japanese. We extracted monomorphemic Yamato words from the Koojien dictionary (Niinuma et al 1998). The result of our analysis suggests that pairs of consonants from the same identity class, defined mainly in terms of place of articulation, are all underrepresented to a statistically significant degree. Several aspects of previously unnoticed restrictions are discussed.
Type:Paper/tech report
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