This project investigates coda conditions in Truku. Previous studies all consider word-medial codas, mainly occupied by nasals, to be rare (Tsukida 2005, Oiwa 2017, Lee 2010b). They either consider word-medial nasal codas to only come from affixes (Oiwa 2017, Lee 2010b) or claim that word-medial nasal codas appear only before homorganic consonants and is the result of schwa deletion (Tsukida 2005, Lee 2010b). Based on first-hand data, this study has the following findings. First, nasal codas do not always come from affixes but can also come from roots. Second, word-medial nasal codas are not rare and do not necessarily occur before homorganic consonants. The first-hand data collected in this study show that codas are actually the preferred position for pre-consonantal nasals and that nasals only tend to form onsets when occuring before special segments, including /?, ?, ?, ?, m, n, ?, x, w/. This study also argues that there is no evidence showing that nasal codas come from schwa deletion and proposes an OT analysis that does not need to rely on such an assumption.
|Effective start/end date||2019/08/01 → 2020/12/31|
- coda conditions
- Optimality Theory
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