|Title:||Geminate Inalterability and Lenition|
|Comment:||57 pages. Word file requires IPA Times font|
|Abstract:||Geminate Inalterability and Lenition
This paper reexamines the phenomenon of geminate inalterability (cf.
Hayes 1986, Schein and Steriade 1986, Inkelas & Cho 1993), demon-
strating, from a broad typological survey, that geminate inalterabil-
ity attains the level of a universal, inviolable principle only in the
domain of lenition phenomena (accord, Churma 1988). A unified formal
approach to lenition phenomena is presented, proceeding from the intui-
tion that lenition is driven by the imperative to minimize articulatory
effort, and relying on Optimality Theoretic constraint interaction.
The geminate inalterability generalization is shown to follow from
this effort-based approach to lenition, coupled with certain plausible
phonetic assumptions concerning the effort involved in geminates and
their lenited counterparts.