Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
English Language and Literature
Beverley Goodman, Ph.D., Chair
T. Daniel Seely, Ph.D.
This thesis presents an investigation into progressive place agreement in clusters through the lens of Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky, 1993/2004; McCarthy & Prince, 1995, 1999). A large typology of such languages is presented and examined to detail a broad swath of phenomena. The main line of inquiry over this typology is how direction of assimilation is formally represented. This work argues that simple phonological mechanisms explain the cross-linguistic effects including an agreement constraint and conflicting faithfulness constraints.
Lamont, Andrew, "Progressive place assimilation in Optimality Theory" (2015). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 650.