Consonant Gemination in Japanese Loanword Phonology

  title={Consonant Gemination in Japanese Loanword Phonology},
  author={Haruo Kubozono and Junko It{\^o} and Armin Mester},
The distribution of geminate obstruents in Japanese loanwords appears very complex. Some consonants are more prone to gemination than others, on the one hand, and one and the same consonant is more likely to geminate in some phonological contexts than in others, on the other hand. This paper tackles these problems by considering the relationship between consonant gemination in native words and that of loanwords. It proposes a principled prosodic analysis by which gemination is allowed to occur… CONTINUE READING

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