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From Sound to Meaning in Context

Studies in Honour of Piotr Ruszkiewicz

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Edited By Alicja Witalisz

This volume is a collection of papers approaching the phenomenon of language from a variety of perspectives. Scholars in phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology, historical linguistics and translation studies share the results of their research. They invite the reader on a journey into the multifaceted and complex world of human language, moving from the study of sound through the description of structure to the analysis of meaning. The volume has been brought together to honour Professor Piotr Ruszkiewicz from the Institute of Modern Languages of the Pedagogical University of Cracow, a linguist and academic lecturer.
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Consonants at Domain Edges: Government-based Considerations of the Selected Phenomena in Slavic Languages: Anna Bloch-Rozmej

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Consonants at Domain Edges: Government-based Considerations of the Selected Phenomena in Slavic Languages

Anna Bloch-Rozmej

John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

1. Introduction

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.

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