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Neutralisation and contrast preservation: Voicing assimilation in Hungarian three-consonant clusters

Barkanyi, Zsuzsanna and G. Kiss, Zoltan (2019). Neutralisation and contrast preservation: Voicing assimilation in Hungarian three-consonant clusters. Linguistic Variation, 19(2) (In press).

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Abstract

This paper studies the contextual variation in the voicing properties of three-consonant clusters (CC#C) in Hungarian. We investigate the velar–alveolar stop clusters /kt/ and /ɡd/, and the alveolar fricative–stop clusters /st/ and /zd/ in potentially voicing-neutralising and assimilating contexts. We show that in these contexts, regressive voicing assimilation in Hungarian is categorical, but partially contrast preserving, and that stops and fricatives are not affected in the same way. Fricatives resist voicing before a voiced obstruent and are devoiced utterance-finally. This is a phonetically unfavourable position, therefore other duration-related cues step up to prevent complete laryngeal neutralisation.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Zsuzsanna Barkanyi
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Variation in PhonologyK 104897Hungarian National Research Fund
Keywords: voicing assimilation, devoicing, Hungarian, contrast, neutralisation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 68301
Depositing User: Zsuzsanna Barkanyi
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 09:24
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 09:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/68301
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