German glide formation and its theoretical consequences

  title={German glide formation and its theoretical consequences},
  author={Tracy Alan Hall},
In German the complementary distribution of [i] and [j] motivate a process of glide formation according to which /i/ surfaces as [j] when situated to the left of a vowel. The present study examines German words in which a prevocalic /i/ occurs after two consonants and demonstrates that the process is blocked from applying if the two consonants show a sonority rise. These data can be accounted for most elegantly in an Optimality Theoretic approach in which the constraint ONSET is dominated by a… CONTINUE READING