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Phonology, its Faces and Interfaces


Edited By Jolanta Szpyra-Kozłowska and Eugeniusz Cyran

The papers collected in this volume examine selected aspects of the interaction of phonology with phonetics, morphosyntax and the lexicon in a variety of languages including Korean, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, British English, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Dutch and Hawaiian. In order to approach the role and ways of expressing extraphonological information in phonology, the international contributors adopt different methods of analysis (data gathering, experiments, theoretical discussions), couched in various theoretical frameworks (such as Optimality Theory and Government Phonology), which reveal both the multifarious faces and interfaces of modern phonological research.

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Space matters: using word boundaries (Jieun Bark)


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Jieun Bark

Space matters: using word boundaries1

This article proposes a phonological representation of tensing phenomena in Korean from the GP2.0 perspective. I will show that tensing phenomena need to take morpho-syntactic categories and word boundaries into account. Following Lowenstamm (1999, 2010), I claim that the left word edge is an empty cv and the right edge of words ending in consonants is an empty v. Processes of tensing in Korean are explained by access to this additional space provided by word boundaries.

1.  Introduction

1.1  Three-way distinction in Korean obstruents

Korean has the three-way distinction in obstruents, contrasting plain, aspirated and tense consonants as illustrated in (1):


One of the processes that are closely related to tense consonants is tensing phenomena. The examples in (2) illustrate Post Obstruent Tensing (hereafter, POT) where a plain obstruent becomes tense after another plain obstruent: ← 145 | 146 →

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