The Laryngeal Class in RcvP and Voice phenomena in Dutch

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This article proposes a system for representing phonation distinction in consonantswithin Radical CV Phonology (RCVP), a dependency-based model thatuses unary “features” (called elements). The RCVP model is briefly outlined.The proposal for phonation distinction is compared to traditional binarysystems and other unary proposals in the context of Government Phonology.The model is applied to phonation distinctions in Dutch, English and Frenchwhich has traditionally been claimed to have different analyses. RCVP proposesa more unified analysis that uses the notion of enhancement. This article paysspecific attention to voicing phenomena in Dutch (final devoicing, progressiveand regressive voice assimilation) to illustrate and motivate certain aspects ofthe proposed system.


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