Article published in:New Perspectives on Romance Linguistics: Vol. II: Phonetics, Phonology and Dialectology. Selected papers from the 35th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Austin, Texas, February 2005
Edited by Jean-Pierre Y. Montreuil
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 276] 2006
► pp. 97–111
Constraint Re-ranking in Three Grammars
Spirantization and Coda Devoicing in Peninsular Spanish
In NorthCentral Peninsular Spanish there are at least three different realizations of coda /b d ɡ/: voiceless fricatives (Northern dialect), voiced fricatives (Central dialect I), and voiced stops (Central dialect II). This paper proposes an analysis of the three patterns within the framework of Optimality Theory and explores whether constraint re-ranking is sufficient to distinguish among the three. It is shown that reranking alone fails to account for Central dialect II, and that constraint conjunction also needs to be invoked to capture the data while the connection to the other two dialects is maintained. This suggests that spirantization and coda devoicing might coexist in the grammars of closely related dialects but they do not have to interact in the same way. In addition, the analysis is based on acoustic data and shows the importance of phonetic data for phonological investigation.
Published online: 31 August 2006
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Bradley, Travis G.
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