Phonetic Detail in Phonology : Towards a unified account of assimilation and coarticulation

  title={Phonetic Detail in Phonology : Towards a unified account of assimilation and coarticulation},
  author={Edward Flemming},
1. Assimilation and coarticulation Assimilation and coarticulation both involve extending the duration of some property or feature. The similarities between these phenomena can be seen by comparing Basque vowel raising and vowel-to-vowel coarticulation in a language like English. In Basque the low vowel /a/ is raised to [e] following a high vowel. This gives rise to alternations in the form of the definite suffix, /-a/ (de Rijk 1970): 

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