Japanese Vowel Devoicing: Cases of Consecutive Devoicing Environments

  title={Japanese Vowel Devoicing: Cases of Consecutive Devoicing Environments},
  author={Ayako Tsuchida},
  journal={Journal of East Asian Linguistics},
  • A. Tsuchida
  • Published 1 July 2001
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of East Asian Linguistics
In Japanese, the high vowels [i, m] become devoiced when they occur between voiceless segments, e.g., [kitai] 'expectation'. When a word contains a sequence of devoiceable syllables, however, not all high vowels are devoiced, and some are necessarily voiced: [ki∫itsu] 'temperament', [sekit∫itsu] 'room made of rock'. These words contain two consecutive devoiceable vowels, but only one of them, either the first or the second vowel in the sequence, is devoiced. Previous studies have claimed that… 

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