Unbounded circumambient patterns in segmental phonology

Adam G. McCollum, Eric Baković, Anna Mai, Eric Meinhardt

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We present an empirical challenge to Jardine's (2016) assertion that only tonal spreading patterns can be unbounded circumambient, meaning that the determination of a phonological value may depend on information that is an unbounded distance away on both sides. We focus on a demonstration that the ATR harmony pattern found in Tutrugbu is unbounded circumambient, and we also cite several other segmental spreading processes with the same general character. We discuss implications for the complexity of phonology and for the relationship between the explanation of typology and the evaluation of phonological theories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-255
Number of pages41
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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