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Trends in Phonetics and Phonology

Studies from German-speaking Europe

Edited By Adrian Leemann, Marie-José Kolly, Stephan Schmid and Volker Dellwo

This volume was inspired by the 9th edition of the Phonetik & Phonologie conference, held in Zurich in October 2013. It includes state of the art research on phonetics and phonology in various languages and from interdisciplinary contributors. The volume is structured into the following eight sections: segmentals, suprasegmentals, articulation in spoken and sign language, perception, phonology, crowdsourcing phonetic data, second language speech, and arts (with inevitable overlap between these areas).
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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.


Scandinavian phonology, Distributed Morphology, boundaries, phase integrity, borrowings

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a   Université de Nantes, UFR lettres et langages, Chemin de la Censive du Tertre, BP 81227, 44312 Nantes Cedex 3, France ← 255 | 256 →

1.0   Introduction

1.1    What is dissimilation

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