A World without Voiced Sonorants: Reflections on Cyran 2014 (Part 1)

Tobias Scheer


The article discusses the theory of laryngeal phonology exposed in Cyran (2014), Laryngeal Relativism. The basic assumption of this approach is that sonorants and vowels never bear phonological specifications for voicing: their voicing is only ever phonetic in nature. Therefore phonetic interpretation, i.e. spell-out of the output of phonology into phonetic categories, is central: this is where phonetic voicing leaks into neighbouring segments. In the first part of the article, the generative power of Laryngeal Relativism is evaluated, and its workings are compared with previous analyses. The impact of substance-free primes is also discussed.

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Laryngeal Realism, Laryngeal Relativism, sonorant voicing, post-phonological spell-out, substance-free primes, Polish

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