Instances of vowel assimilation in the Cretan dialect

Ioanna Kappa

Abstract


This study examines the effect of vowel assimilation in the dialectal realizations of western Crete. The corpus is based on data drawn from written sources as well as naturalistic data. The analysis has shown that the assimilation is mostly sonority driven, following largely the pattern attested in southern Greece; the trigger of assimilation is the most sonorous (un)stressed vowel within the prosodic word and targets a preceding unstressed vowel, although stressed targets are also attested. The assimilation is regressive, strictly local and may be blocked by intervening Labials and Dorsals which spread their round or back feature respectively to the target vowel. Coronal sonorants may also block total assimilation causing only lowering, due to the V-C interaction too.

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Cretan dialect, total vowel assimilation, blocking, V-C interaction

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