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Title: Japanese mimetic palatalisation revisited: implications for conflicting directionality
Author: John D. Alderete
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Institution: Simon Fraser University
Author: Alexei Kochetov
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Institution: University of Toronto
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: Japanese
Abstract: This article re-examines ‘conflicting directionality’ in Japanese mimetic words, a distributional pattern in which palatalisation is preferentially realised on the rightmost of two coronal consonants, but on the leftmost consonant in a word without coronals. Analysis of the original dictionary evidence given in support of this generalisation and an exhaustive search of the Japanese mimetic stratum reveal both several counterexamples to conflicting directionality and the fact that the datasets are far too small to support linguistic generalisation. The theoretical assumptions employed to account for Japanese mimetic palatalisation are thus re-examined, with a focus on clarifying the predictions for future valid examples of conflicting directionality.

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