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dc.contributor.authorBortolin, Leah
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-21T19:59:52Z
dc.date.available2016-06-21T19:59:52Z
dc.date.issued1998-01
dc.identifier.citationBortolin, L. (1998). Italian word-initial consonant clusters in Optimality Theory. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 20(Winter), 19-28.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2371-2643
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1880/51422
dc.description.abstractDespite the attention given to optimality theory (OT), only a small portion of prosodic theory has been addressed under this framework. It is my intention to discuss the implications of OT when it is applied to word-initial consonant clusters in Italian. Davis (1990) describes the restrictions placed on Italian word-initial consonant clusters by outlining syllable formation constraints and a language specific minimal sonority distance which is measured between two adjacent consonants. In this paper, I demonstrate that OT theory cannot apply a sonority hierarchy (or margin hierarchy) within the onset consitituent. That is, the theory cannot compare two adjacent elements within one constituent. By adding an affinity constraint, possible onsets and possible nuclei can be established under OT. Furthermore, lists of possible C1s and C2s can be provided; however, the model cannot ensure that minimal sonority distancing will be fulfilled.en_US
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.subjectLinguisticsen_US
dc.subjectItalian languageen_US
dc.subjectPhonologyen_US
dc.subjectSpeech Prosodyen_US
dc.subjectConstraints (Linguistics)en_US
dc.subjectOptimality theory (Linguistics)en_US
dc.titleItalian word-initial consonant clusters in Optimality Theoryen_US
dc.typejournal article
dc.description.refereedYesen_US
dc.publisher.facultyArtsen_US
dc.publisher.departmentLinguisticsen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/28943


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