Two types of parasitic assimilation

  • Peter Jurgec Meertens Institute, Amsterdam & Leiden University
Keywords: parasitic assimilation, consonant harmony, vowel harmony, Yowlumne, Kalasha


This paper shows that consonant harmony and parasitic vowel harmony are more similar than previously assumed. I provide a unified and restrictive analysis of parasitic assimilation using feature spreading constraints. In particular, I attribute the differences between the attested and unattested patterns to two types of markedness constraints—alignment and agreement.