Palatalization and “strong i” across Inuit dialects

  title={Palatalization and “strong i” across Inuit dialects},
  author={Richard Compton and Richard B. Elan Dresher},
  journal={The Canadian Journal of Linguistics / La revue canadienne de linguistique},
  pages={203 - 228}
Inuit dialects with palatalization all distinguish between “strong i” and “weak i”: instances of surface [i] that cause palatalization and those that do not, respectively. All dialects that have completely lost this contrast also lack palatalization. Why are there no /i, a, u/ dialects in which all instances of surface [i] trigger palatalization? We propose that this typological gap can be explained using a contrastivist analysis whereby only contrastive features can be phonologically active… Expand

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