Darya Kavitskaya

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Russian maintains a contrast between non-palatalized and palatalized trills that has been lost in most Slavic languages. This research investigates the phonetic expression of this contrast in an attempt to understand how the contrast is maintained. One hypothesis is that the contrast is stabilized through resistance to coarticulation between the trill and(More)
Production of a trill depends on several articulatory and aerodynamic constraints. These constraints can be held responsible for various sound changes in Slavic languages which all involve depalatalization or frication of ProtoSlavic palatalized trilled r. As soon as a trill is affected by palatalization, the aerodynamic conditions are changed and the(More)
1. Introduction 1 Certain phonological phenomena, such as the lengthening of vowels in stressed syllables or the attraction of stress to heavy syllables, are best accounted for by means of markedness constraints that make specific reference to strong positions (M/str constraints). However, not just any markedness constraint can be relativized to strong(More)
Opaque interactions have been recognised as a challenge for Optimality Theory (OT) for a long time. We show that although there has been considerable effort to bring opacity into the scope of OT, some types of process interactions are still problematic for the theory. Based on data from Tundra Nenets, we present and analyse a case of fed counterfeeding in(More)
This study examined the effect of number of syllables and syllable structure on repetition of pseudo-words by Russian-speaking children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and typically developing (TD) children. One hundred and forty-four pseudo-words, varying in length and syllable complexity, were presented to two groups of children: 15 children with(More)
The analysis of opaque relations presents a problem to classic Optimality Theory (OT) (Prince and Smolensky 1993, McCarthy and Prince 1993), inherently a surface-oriented theory. Many different proposals have been made to integrate the analysis of opacity into OT. In this paper, we address the problem of opacity in Tundra Nenets (TN), a Uralic (Samoyedic)(More)
In OT with Candidate Chains (McCarthy 2007), candidates are multi-step derivations, and the PREC constraints which regulate the order of derivational steps can inspect entire candidate derivations. This means (Wilson 2006; Wolf 2008, 2010) that OT-CC opens the door to certain kinds of ‘global rules’ (Lakoff 1970)—that is, effects in which the application or(More)
is paper presents a derivational OT account of the word-nal deletion and augmentation alternations in Lardil. It presents two arguments in favor of the stratal view of derivations where the grammar is dišerent at dišerent stages (Bermúdez-Otero forthcoming, Kiparsky forthcoming), and against the serial view where the ranking is the same at all steps, and(More)