Final Devoicing in French
Marc Van Oostendorp
July 2013

This paper argues that the differences between Parisian French, Walloon and Picardian in terms of their behaviour of syllable-final voiced consonants can be understood as uniquely triggered by differences in representations that undergo the same processes. The difference thus is not that Walloon and Picardian have final devoicing, but French does not; all relevant varieties have final devoicing, but only the former two have the relevant syllable structure to show that it works.
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Reference: lingbuzz/001842
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Published in: Representing Structure in Phonology and Syntax (H. van Riemsdijk & M. van Oostendorp, eds.)
keywords: representations, french, devoicing, phonology
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