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Title:Slouching towards optimality: Coda reduction in OT-CC
Authors:John J. McCarthy
Comment:To appear (2007) in Phonological Studies 7.
Abstract:There is a well-established asymmetry in the behavior of medial consonant clusters: the first consonant in the cluster can undergo assimilation or deletion, but the second consonant in the cluster cannot. This article presents an explanation for that asymmetry based on a version of Optimality Theory with candidate chains (McCarthy 2006a). The key idea is that a consonant can only assimilate or delete if it first loses its place features by debuccalizing, and debuccalization is only possible in coda position.
Type:Paper/tech report
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