Place and manner assimilation in Catalan consonant clusters

Daniel Recasens, Meritxell Mira

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Copyright © International Phonetic Association 2015Â. Electropalatographic data on the frequency of occurrence of assimilatory processes in Catalan C1##C2 sequences, where ## is inserted at the boundary between two consecutive words, reveal that regressive place assimilations operate more often on C1 = /n/ than on C1 = /t/ and are triggered by /g/ rather than by the labials /p b m/ and the voiceless velar stop /k/. Regressive manner assimilations involving nasality and laterality are facilitated by homorganicity between the two consecutive consonants and thus apply more frequently in the clusters /pm tn tl tl ty/, where C1 and C2 share the same labial or dentoalveolar place of articulation, than in the sequences /pn tm km kn/, where the two consonants are heterorganic; on the other hand, /k/ is less prone than /p t/ to become nasal when followed by /m n/. Place assimilatory processes apply more often for some speakers than for others, and their frequency of occurrence increases whenever C1 is embedded in a frequent or function word. The articulatory motivation for some of these place and manner assimilatory processes, and the extent to which they are complete or partial, are also investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-147
JournalJournal of the International Phonetic Association
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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