Studies in Honour of Piotr Ruszkiewicz
Edited By Alicja Witalisz
Consonants at Domain Edges: Government-based Considerations of the Selected Phenomena in Slavic Languages: Anna Bloch-Rozmej
Consonants at Domain Edges: Government-based Considerations of the Selected Phenomena in Slavic Languages
John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
The major aim of this article is to depict the exiting typological differences in terms of consonant configurations available at the right edge of phonological domains in a number of Slavic languages as well as present the mechanisms offered by the model of Government Phonology to account for the evidence. We shall focus on two important aspects related to the behavior of consonantal segments – namely, their distribution and the changes in the laryngeal specification of melodies, with a special focus on the phenomenon of devoicing. We shall try to delineate the areas of systemic overlaps as well as pinpoint the significant differences that occur among Slavic languages.