Empty consonants and other CV-tier effects in Aranese Gascon

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In this paper, strong support for the existence and independence of the CV-tier is derived from a number of facts in the phonology of the Aranese dialect of Gascon. It is shown that this language possesses both word-initial and word-final empty consonants, and that it also makes a distinction between tautomorphemic and heteromorphemic affricates which should be captured in terms of a difference in the linkage to the CV-tier. These facts have special significance in view of recent proposals to eliminate the CV-tier from phonological representations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-188
Number of pages12
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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