15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Grammar-Internal and Grammar-External Assimilation

John Harris

University College London, UK

Processes traditionally described as assimilations fall into two main types according to the impact they have on the informational content of speech signals. In grammar-internal assimilation, exemplified by vowel harmony, sound properties that are suprasegmentally extended have a linguistic marking function. In grammar-external assimilation, exemplified by lenition, the extended properties belong to the carrier signal.

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Bibliographic reference.  Harris, John (2003): "Grammar-internal and grammar-external assimilation", In ICPhS-15, 281-284.