Direction of Assimilation in Child Consonant Harmony

  title={Direction of Assimilation in Child Consonant Harmony},
  author={Joe Pater and Adam Werle},
In child language, consonants often assimilate in primary place of articulation across intervening vowels. In adult language, primary place assimilation occurs only between adjacent consonants. In both cases, the first consonant usually assimilates to the second. The standard analysis of directionality of local assimilation in Optimality Theory uses positional faithfulness to protect the second consonant. In this paper we argue that directionality in child language assimilation is due not to… CONTINUE READING

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