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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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Between phonology and morphosyntax: voicing and spirantization in the Spanish of Gran Canaria (Karolina Broś)


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Karolina Broś

Between phonology and morphosyntax: voicing and spirantization in the Spanish of Gran Canaria

The Spanish of Gran Canaria presents an interesting interaction of two phrase-level processes: spirantization of /b d g/ and voicing of /p t k/. The processes are triggered by the presence of a [+continuant] sound and of a vowel to the left of the stop, respectively. Thus, the context of voicing constitutes a narrower domain than the context of the older process of spirantization, extended in all Spanish dialects. Both phenomena can be observed inside words and across word boundaries, and their products partially overlap, which gives rise to a chain shift effect. This paper presents empirical data that show the interaction of the two processes and their consequences for the Canarian Spanish phonemic inventory. It is argued that phrase level phonological processes are problematic because they add an additional level of interpretation which involves domains that go beyond phonology. In view of the involvement of morphosyntactic information, a phonological analysis of the data is provided and then compared with several other approaches couched in Optimality Theory.

1.  Introduction

In phonology, morphosyntactic information may play a crucial role in governing the distribution of sounds. As derivation goes beyond individual words, higher-order prosodic and syntactic constituents are formed, providing contexts for the application of those processes that appear to disregard word boundaries. In some languages, discrepancies can be observed between word-internal segmental behavior and...

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