Aggressive reduplication and dissimilation in Sundanese
Juliet Stanton
February 2020

Most cases of long-distance consonant dissimilation can be characterized as local (occurring across a vowel) or unbounded (occurring at all distances). The only known exception is rhotic dissimilation in Sundanese (Cohn 1992; Bennett 2015), which applies in certain non-local contexts only. Following a suggestion by Zuraw (2002:433), I show that the pattern can be analyzed in a co-occurrence-based framework (Suzuki 1998) by invoking two unbounded co-occurrence constraints, *[r]...[r] and *[l]...[l], whose effects in local contexts are obscured by a drive for identity between adjacent syllables. Statistical trends in the lexicon are consistent with this analysis. I compare the predictions of this analysis to those of Bennett’s and suggest that the present proposal is preferable. (Supplementary materials available on the author's website.)
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keywords: dissimilation, sundanese, aggressive reduplication, lexical statistics, phonotactics, phonology
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