Studies from German-speaking Europe
Edited By Adrian Leemann, Marie-José Kolly, Stephan Schmid and Volker Dellwo
Dissimilation in Western Nordic
This paper explains the dissimilation phenomena observed in Icelandic and in Faroese which turns sonorants clusters (or geminates) into /d + sonorant/ clusters. Although strict adjacency is necessary, it is not sufficient, since we do find cases where sonorants clusters never dissimilate. I examine the contexts in which the phenomenon occurs in order to explain its distribution. I explore a possible account for the treatment of borrowings using the Distributed Morphology framework (Halle & Marantz, 1993; Marantz, 2001, 2007; Marvin, 2002; Embick & Halle, 2005; Embick & Noyer, 2006) and show that phase boundaries can be an obstacle to dissimilation (Piggott & Newell, 2006; Lahrouchi, 2013). This analysis shows how the process serves as a cue to the interactions at the interface between morphology and phonology.
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