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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Vowel Contact Resolutions Across Word Boundaries in Catalan

Teresa Cabré (1), Pilar Prieto (1,2)

(1) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
(2) ICREA, Spain

The goal of this article is to account for the resolution of vowel sequences across word boundaries in Catalan. Specifically, the paper accounts for the vowel resolutions between lexical word boundaries when V2 is a stressed vowel. The blocking of V1 glide formation will be put in relation with the systematic maintenance of schwa in this position (cant[i]ara 'I sing subj now', cant[u]ara 'I sing now', cant[ə]ara 'he/she sings now'). That is, the final vowel of the first word does not undergo any change if it is followed by a lexically stressed vowel. Blocking of glide formation or schwa elision is not due to a stress clash, as almost all studies in this field have stated, but to the application of two alignment constraints which align the lexically stressed foot to the left edge of the prosodic word and the nuclear stressed vowels to the same position. These alignment constraints trigger a 'prosodic isolation' phenomenon which blocks any process of gliding or deletion.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cabré, Teresa / Prieto, Pilar (2003): "Vowel contact resolutions across word boundaries in Catalan", In ICPhS-15, 1687-1690.