Laryngeal realism and laryngeal relativism: Two voicing systems in Polish?

Eugeniusz Cyran


This paper argues against the ‘what you see is what you get’ bias in laryngeal phonology. It contains a new analysis of voicing in modern Polish, which incorporates phonetic interpretation into representation based phonology, and which assumes that the relation between the two aspects of sound systems is largely arbitrary. It is demonstrated that Polish in fact possesses two opposite laryngeal systems, corresponding to its two major dialects and yielding virtually identical phonetic facts, except for the phenomenon of Cracow sandhi voicing.

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voicing, phonological representation, phonetic interpretation, sandhi phonology, laryngeal realism, laryngeal relativism

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