Coronal consonant, front vowel parallels in Maltese

  title={Coronal consonant, front vowel parallels in Maltese},
  author={Elizabeth Hume},
  journal={Natural Language \& Linguistic Theory},
  • E. Hume
  • Published 1 February 1996
  • Linguistics, Physics
  • Natural Language & Linguistic Theory
This paper presents new evidence in support of the view that front vowels and coronal consonants are members of the natural class of coronal sounds. Evidence is drawn from coronal consonant/front vowel parallels in Maltese where these segments pattern together in default assignment, in vowel-to-coronal consonant assimilation, and in the more general process of coronal assimilation. The significance of the present study goes beyond the support that it offers for the coronality of front vowels… 
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