Ryan (2016): Attenuated spreading in Sanskrit retroflex harmony

Attenuated spreading in Sanskrit retroflex harmony
Kevin Ryan
April 2016
Direct link: http://ling.auf.net/lingbuzz/002953
Drawing on a two-million-word corpus of Sanskrit, two previously unrecognized generalizations are documented and analyzed concerning the morpho-prosodic conditioning of retroflex spreading (nati). Both reveal harmony to be attenuated across the left boundaries of roots (i.e. between a prefix and root or between members of a com- pound), in the sense that while harmony applies across these boundaries, when it does so, it accesses a proper subset of the targets otherwise accessible. This attenuation is analyzed here through the “ganging up” of phonotactics and output-output correspondence in serial HG. The article also simplifies the core analysis of the spreading rule, primarily through recognizing FlapOut, an articulatorily grounded constraint.

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Published in: Linguistic Inquiry (to appear)
keywords: harmony, harmonic serialism, harmonic grammar, ganging, gang effects, sanskrit, phonology, morphology, morphophonology