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Title:Aspects of Kejia phonology
Author(s):Chung, Raung-fu
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Cheng, Chin-Chuan
Department / Program:Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Language, Linguistics
Literature, Asian
Abstract:This thesis is concerned with four aspects of Kejia phonology: initial consonants, diphthong representations and syllabification, the domain of tone sandhi, and the notion of geminate inalterability. The analysis is in line with the non-linear framework of generative phonology.
Two issues are investigated in terms of initial consonants: palatalization and onset friction. We conclude that the nasal palatal n has two UR's: n and ng. Moreover, we argue that the fricatives v and j are derived from high vowel spreading. As for diphthong representations, we propose that there are two different representations: one for a rising diphthong and one for a falling diphthong. In addition, we propose that there are at most three skeletal slots for a Kejia syllable. These proposals account for two generalizations: no consonant can follow a falling diphthong, and a falling diphthong differs from a branching rime. As far as the domain of tone sandhi is concerned, we postulate that it is defined by the syntactic structure on the basis of domain-c-command (Kaisse 1985). The last topic is gemination and geminate inalterability. We conclude that gemination in Kejia results from spreading and that there is no inalterability effect in Kejia geminates.
Issue Date:1989
Rights Information:Copyright 1989 Chung, Raung-fu
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9010833
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9010833

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