Vowel Reduction in Russian : A Unified Account of Standard , Dialectal , and “ Dissimilative ” Patterns

  title={Vowel Reduction in Russian : A Unified Account of Standard , Dialectal , and “ Dissimilative ” Patterns},
  author={Katherine Margaret Crosswhite},
This paper provides an Optimality-Theoretic analysis of a number of Russian vowel reduction patterns. In particular, the analysis presented here relies on a non-unitary approach (Crosswhite 1999) to two-pattern vowel reduction systems, such as those typically seen in Russian dialects. Furthermore, a particularly complex dialectal pattern, traditionally referred to as "dissimilative" reduction, is analyzed here without use of direct featural dissimilation. Instead, constraints on sonority… CONTINUE READING

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