Constraints on contrast motivate nasal cluster dissimilation
Juliet Stanton
December 2018
 

Many languages exhibit nasal cluster dissimilation (NCD), in which an illicit sequence of co-occurring nasal-stop clusters is modified in some way (e.g. NC1 V NC2 > N1 V NC2). This article discusses generalizations in the typology of NCD and claims that NCD is driven by constraints on contrast distinctiveness: it occurs preferentially in those environments where the first NC (NC1, in NC1 V NC2) is most confusable with a plain nasal consonant. I propose an analysis that appeals to auditory factors and provide acoustic and perceptual evidence that is consistent with it.
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keywords: contrast, dissimilation, nasal-stop clusters, phonology
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