Conditions on the variable interpretation of |U| in Japanese
作者: Phillip BackleyKuniya Nasukawa
作者单位: 1Tohoku Gakuin University
刊名: Linguistic Variation, 2020, Vol.20 (1), pp.84-101
来源数据库: John Benjamins Publishing Company
DOI: 10.1075/lv.16012.bac
关键词: PhonologyElementsJapaneseSegmental structureHead-dependencyPhonetic interpretationConsonant lenitionHistorical change
原始语种摘要: Abstract This paper examines the historical and phonological properties of h in Japanese. It shows that,by analysing a specific case of segmental variation, we not only deepen our understanding of the sound which varies but also shedlight on some general characteristics of the sound system as a whole. Using an Element Theory approach (Anderson and Jones 1974; Kaye et al . 1985;Harris and Lindsey 1995; Scheer 1999;Nasukawa 2005; Cyran 2010; Backley 2011), the discussion focuses on the distribution of the element |U|, arguingthat |U| is naturally weak in Japanese. This helps explain two idiosyncrasies in Japanese phonology – the restricted distributionof labial consonants and rounded vowels, and the patterning of h with labials. In modern Japanese, labiality is phonologically and...
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  • Japanese 日本人日语日本的
  • variable 变量
  • elements 初步
  • interpretation 判读
  • natural 自然的
  • inherent 固有的
  • unrounded 不舍入
  • division 
  • approach 
  • general 普遍的