Labio-palatalization in Twi: Contrastive, quantal, and organizational factors producing an uncommon sound

Citation
K. De Jong et Sg. Obeng, Labio-palatalization in Twi: Contrastive, quantal, and organizational factors producing an uncommon sound, LANGUAGE, 76(3), 2000, pp. 682-703
Citations number
18
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Language & Linguistics
Journal title
LANGUAGE
ISSN journal
0097-8507 → ACNP
Volume
76
Issue
3
Year of publication
2000
Pages
682 - 703
Database
ISI
SICI code
0097-8507(200009)76:3<682:LITCQA>2.0.ZU;2-8
Abstract
The authors propose that the typologically uncommon combination of labial a nd palatal constriction in Twi has arisen from a convergence created by gen eral patterns of coarticulation of consonants and vowels. This convergence has been systematized in a (consonantal) acoustic dimension partially indep endent from the original (vocalic) dimensions of contrast for which the rou nding and palatal articulations were specified. These conclusions are based on an examination of distributional patterns, palatograms of the articulat ion of secondarily articulated consonants, and acoustic analyses. Contrasti veness and quantal considerations can be seen as contributing to the occurr ence of typologically odd sounds, provided one keeps in mind how an articul atory gesture functions within a language's contrastive system.*