SOUND PATTERN OF POLISH: PHONOTACTIC PARADOXES AT THE RIGHT EDGE OF WORDS
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The right edge of Polish words exhibits clear phonotactic patterns which have so far eluded a successful analysis. The main causes of the failure are identified as 'wrong focus and inadequate theory of word structure'. The former problem concerns the placement of overdue emphasis on the phenomenon of vowel - zero alternations rather than on the general sound patterns at the right edge, while the latter refers to the choice such theoretical model of syllabification in which two, clearly erroneous assumptions, such as the Sonority Sequencing Generalisation and the view that word-final consonants are codas render the task accounting for the sound patterns unfeasible. An alternative proposal, couched in the model of Government Phonology, is considered, which leads to some unexpected results and theoretical predictions.
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