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대한영어영문학회 전자저널


47권 4호 (2021년 11월)

English Palatalization in Leniting Processes Revisited


Pages : 331-354





Oh, Kwan Young. “English Palatalization in Leniting Processes Revisited.” Studies in English Language & Literature 47.4 (2021): 331-354. The purpose of this paper is to re-examine palatalization in terms of lenition, and to demonstrate the validity of separating palatalization into two types, classical palatalization and affrication, and of seeing them differently. To support our arguments for such a view, we explored affricates and affrication from the viewpoints of segmental property and phonological processes as well as consonant strength scale, effort-based articulation, and consonant duration. Thus, we assured that affricates could be categorized into strong segments and that palatalization is lenition, whereas affrication should be treated as fortition. To prove this claim, we adopted OCP to explain its two important roles in the processes of applying spirantization and affrication rules, and, as a result, we perceived the result of affrication as dissimilation which has usually been regarded as fortition. Finally, we accounted for the resulting palatalized and affricated segments, simply and compositively, through a level-based approach. (Chonnam National University)


# Lenition # Palatalization # Affrication # Consonant Strength # Fortition


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