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ERIC Number: EJ923057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
The Privileged Status of Locality in Consonant Harmony
Finley, Sara
Journal of Memory and Language, v65 n1 p74-83 Jul 2011
While the vast majority of linguistic processes apply locally, consonant harmony appears to be an exception. In this phonological process, consonants share the same value of a phonological feature, such as secondary place of articulation. In sibilant harmony, [s] and [esh] ("sh") alternate such that if a word contains the sound [esh], all [s] sounds become [esh]. This can apply locally as a first-order or non-locally as a second-order pattern. In the first-order case, no consonants intervene between the two sibilants (e.g., [pisasu], [pi[esh]a[esh]u]). In second-order case, a consonant may intervene (e.g., [sipasu], [[esh]ipa[esh]u]). The fact that there are languages that allow second-order non-local agreement of consonant features has led some to question whether locality constraints apply to consonant harmony. This paper presents the results from two artificial grammar learning experiments that demonstrate the privileged role of locality constraints, even in patterns that allow second-order non-local interactions. In Experiment 1, we show that learners do not extend first-order non-local relationships in consonant harmony to second-order non-local relationships. In Experiment 2, we show that learners will extend a consonant harmony pattern with second-order long distance relationships to a consonant harmony with first-order long distance relationships. Because second-order non-local application implies first-order non-local application, but first-order non-local application does not imply second-order non-local application, we establish that local constraints are privileged even in consonant harmony.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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