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Voice–Nasality Interaction and Headedness in Voiceless Nasals

Breit, F; (2013) Voice–Nasality Interaction and Headedness in Voiceless Nasals. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics , 25 Green open access

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Abstract

Most recent work in Element Theory assumes that nasality and true voicing are represented by the same element, where the headed element encodes voicing and the dependent element nasality (Backley, 2011; Nasukawa, 1999, 2000, 2005, et alii). This assumption is questioned here and it is proposed that the voicing–nasality contrast may be encoded the other way around. It is argued that this hypothesis is in better agreement with the means by which headedness may encode additional information at phonetic interpretation. Under the assumption of an L/H-Parameter, it is shown how, in line with Lombardi (1991) and Botma (2005), only H-systems can possibly encode voiceless (or more properly aspirated) nasals and how the hypothesis that headed |L| encodes nasality provides a better fit for these systems.

Type: Article
Title: Voice–Nasality Interaction and Headedness in Voiceless Nasals
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/research/linguistics/li...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: nasality, nasals, voicing, element theory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Linguistics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087871
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