Gurindji nasal cluster dissimilation as trigger deletion

Juliet Stanton

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    Processes of unbounded spreading are often claimed to be myopic (e.g. Wilson 2003, McCarthy 2009): The ability of some feature [F] to spread from some segment z to some segment y does not depend on its ability to spread from y to x. Recent work (e.g. Walker 2010, 2014; Jardine 2016) has however cast doubt on the universality of this claim. This paper contributes to the discussion on (non-)myopia on by suggesting that a kind of non-myopic process, trigger deletion, is attested in Gurindji (Pama-Nyungan, McConvell 1988): When the spreading domain contains a certain kind of blocking segment, the spreading trigger deletes. In order to capture this pattern, as well as the extant typology of non-myopic processes, I argue that any successful analysis of unbounded spreading must allow surface candidates to be globally evaluated.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)157-195
    Number of pages39
    JournalJournal of Linguistics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


    • dissimilation
    • nasal-stop clusters
    • non-myopia
    • phonology
    • spreading

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Philosophy
    • Linguistics and Language


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