Resolving Vowel Clusters: A Comparison of Isbukun Bunun and Squliq Atayal

Abstract

The goals of this paper are to identify, compare, and account for the ways suffixation-induced vowel clusters are handled in Isbukun Bunun and Squliq Atayal, two Formosan Austronesian languages. Despite the fact that the two languages have distinct segmental inventories and prosodic characteristics, Isbukun and Squliq are shown to be strikingly similar in adopting both glide formation and coalescence to modify vowel sequences, and they differ in terms of the conditioning environments in which the two processes occur. The paper argues that such differences are correlated with the permitted syllable types in the two languages, and points out that the correlation can be explicitly captured in the output-oriented framework of Optimality Theory but not in a rule-based analysis that states generalizations based on input configurations.

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@inproceedings{Huang2011ResolvingVC, title={Resolving Vowel Clusters: A Comparison of Isbukun Bunun and Squliq Atayal}, author={Hui-chuan J. Huang}, year={2011} }